become

  • 1 Become — Be*come , v. i. [imp. {Became}; p. p. {Become}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Becoming}.] [OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piqu[ e]man, Goth. biquiman to come upon, G. bekommen to get, suit. See {Be }, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Become — Be*come , v. i. [imp. {Became}; p. p. {Become}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Becoming}.] [OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piqu[ e]man, Goth. biquiman to come upon, G. bekommen to get, suit. See {Be }, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 become — [bē kum′, bikum′] vi. became, become, becoming [ME bicumen < OE becuman: see BE & COME] 1. to come to be [to become ill] 2. to grow to be; change or develop into by growth [the tadpole becomes a frog] vt …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Become — Be*come , v. t. 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. [1913 Webster] It becomes me so to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 become — ► VERB (past became; past part. become) 1) begin to be. 2) turn into. 3) (become of) happen to. 4) (of clothing) look good when worn by (someone). 5) be appropriate to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 become — (v.) O.E. becuman happen, come about, also meet with, arrive, from P.Gmc. *bikweman become (Cf. Du. bekomen, O.H.G. biqueman obtain, Ger. bekommen, Goth. biquiman). A compound of BE (Cf. be ) and COME (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 become — [v1] evolve into alter to, assume form of, be converted to, be reduced to, be reformed, be remodeled, be transformed into, change into, come, come to be, convert, develop into, emerge as, eventually be, grow into, incline, mature, metamorphose,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 become — I (arise) verb befall, come about, come into being, come into existence, commence, ensue, germinate, happen, materialize, occur, proceed, result, succeed II (develop) verb adorn, alter, arise, befit, behoove, benefit, beseem, change into, come to …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 become — verb /bI kVm/ past tense became /bi keIm/ past participle become 1 (linking verb) to begin to be something, or to develop in a particular way: He became King at the age of 17. | After the death of her father she became the richest woman in the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 become — be|come W1S1 [bıˈkʌm] v past tense became [ ˈkeım] past participle become [: Old English; Origin: becuman to come to, become , from cuman to come ] 1.) [linking verb] to begin to be something, or to develop in a particular way ▪ George became… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 become */*/*/ — UK [bɪˈkʌm] / US verb Word forms become : present tense I/you/we/they become he/she/it becomes present participle becoming past tense became UK [bɪˈkeɪm] / US past participle become Summary: Become can be used in the following ways: as a linking… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 become of — HAPPEN TO, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake; poetic/literary befall, betide. → become * * * be ˈcome of [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they become of he/she/it becomes of …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 13 become — v. 1) (d; intr.) to become of (what became of her?) 2) (formal) (R) it doesn t become you to speak like that 3) (S) she became a teacher; to become depressed * * * [bɪ kʌm] to become depressed (S) she became a teacher (formal) (R) it doesn t… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 become — be|come [ bı kʌm ] (past tense became [ bı keım ] ; past participle be|come) verb *** Become can be used in the following ways: as a linking verb (followed by an adjective or noun complement): The problem became worse. He became president in 2001 …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 become — [[t]bɪkʌ̱m[/t]] ♦ becomes, becoming, became (The form become is used in the present tense and is the past participle.) 1) V LINK If someone or something becomes a particular thing, they start to change and develop into that thing, or start to… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 become of — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms become of : present tense I/you/we/they become of he/she/it becomes of present participle becoming of past tense became of past participle become of what has/will become of used for asking what has happened to …

    English dictionary

  • 17 become*/*/*/ — [bɪˈkʌm] (past tense became [bɪˈkeɪm] ; past participle become) linking verb to change and start to be something different The sky became dark.[/ex] People were becoming increasingly angry about the delay.[/ex] Christine decided to become a… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 become — v. (past became; past part. become) 1 intr. (foll. by compl.) begin to be (became president; will become famous). 2 tr. a look well on; suit (blue becomes him). b befit (it ill becomes you to complain). 3 intr. (as becoming adj.) a flattering the …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 become — verb (became; come; coming) Etymology: Middle English, to come to, become, from Old English becuman, from be + cuman to come Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to come into …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 become — /bi kum /, v., became, become, becoming. v.i. 1. to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired. 2. to come into being. v.t. 3. to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you. 4. to be suitable or… …

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