) KEY VERB: be·came
, be·comes VERB: intr.
- To grow or come to be: became more knowledgeable; will become clearer in the morning.
PHRASAL VERB: become of
- To be appropriate or suitable to: "It would not become me . . . to interfere with parties" (Jonathan Swift).
- To show to advantage; look good with: The new suit becomes you.
- To be the fate of; happen to: What has become of the old garden?
Middle English bicomen
, from Old English becuman
; see gw-
in Indo-European roots