Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To grow or come to be: became more knowledgeable; will become clearer in the morning.
  • transitive v. To be appropriate or suitable to: "It would not become me . . . to interfere with parties” ( Jonathan Swift).
  • transitive v. To show to advantage; look good with: The new suit becomes you.
  • become of To be the fate of; happen to: What has become of the old garden?

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character.
  • intransitive v. To come; to get.
  • transitive v. To suit or be suitable to; to be congruous with; to befit; to accord with, in character or circumstances; to be worthy of, or proper for; to cause to appear well; -- said of persons and things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come; arrive; betake one's self; go.
  • To come about; come into being; pass from non-existence; arise.
  • To change or pass from one state of existence to another; come to be something different; come or grow to be: as, the boy rapidly becomes the man.
  • To be fit or proper; be decorous or praiseworthy.
  • To be the fate of; be the end of; be the final or subsequent condition: after what: as, what will become of our commerce? what will become of us? It applies to place as well as condition: What has become of my friend? that is, where is he? as well as, what is his condition?
  • To suit or be suitable to; be congruous with; befit; accord with in character or circumstances; be worthy of or proper to: rarely said of persons.
  • To befit in appearance; suit esthetically; grace or adorn.
  • [Formerly becomed was sometimes used as the past participle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. enhance the appearance of
  • v. undergo a change or development
  • v. enter or assume a certain state or condition
  • v. come into existence

Etymologies

Middle English bicomen, from Old English becuman; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English becomen, bicumen, from Old English becuman ("to come, approach, arrive, enter, meet with, fall in with; happen, befall; befit"), from Proto-Germanic *bikwemanan (“to come around, come about, come across, come by”), equivalent to be- (“about, around”) +‎ come. Cognate with Scots becum ("to come, arrive, reach a destination"), North Frisian bekommen, bykommen ("to come by, obtain, receive"), West Frisian bikomme ("to come by, obtain, receive"), Dutch bekomen ("to come by, obtain, receive"), German bekommen ("to get, receive, obtain"), Swedish bekomma ("to receive, concern"), Gothic  (bikwiman, "to come upon one, befall"). Sense of "befit, suit" due to influence from Middle English cweme, icweme, see queem. (Wiktionary)

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