Be·come v. i. [imp. Became p. p. Become; p. pr. & vb. n. Becoming.]
1. 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.
The Lord God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. --Gen. ii. 7.
That error now which is become my crime. --Milton.
2. To come; to get. [Obs.]
But, madam, where is Warwick then become! --Shak.
To become of, to be the present state or place of; to be the fate of; to be the end of; to be the final or subsequent condition of.
What is then become of so huge a multitude? --Sir W. Raleigh.
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.
It becomes me so to speak of so excellent a poet. --Dryden.
I have known persons so anxious to have their dress become them, as to convert it, at length, into their proper self, and thus actually to become the dress. --Coleridge.
v 1: enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became
annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting
more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went
into ecstasy"; "Get going!" [syn: go, get]
2: undergo a change or development; "The water turned into
ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He
turned traitor" [syn: turn]
3: come into existence; "What becomes has duration"
4: enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This
behavior doesn't suit you!" [syn: suit]