became


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be·came

 (bĭ-kām′)
v.
Past tense of become.

became

(bɪˈkeɪm)
vb
the past tense of become

be•come

(bɪˈkʌm)

v. -came, -come, -com•ing. v.i.
1. to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): to become tired.
2. to come into being; develop or progress into: She became a ballerina.
v.t.
3. to be attractive on; befit in appearance; suit: That dress becomes you.
4. to be suitable to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
Idioms:
become of, to happen to; be the fate of.
[before 900; Middle English becumen, Old English becuman to come about, happen, c. Old Frisian bikuma, Old High German biqueman, Gothic biqiman. See be-, come]
Translations

become

(biˈkam) past tense became (biˈkeim) : past participle beˈcome verb
1. to come or grow to be. Her coat has become badly torn; She has become even more beautiful.
2. to qualify or take a job as. She became a doctor.
3. (with of) to happen to. What became of her son?
4. to suit. That dress really becomes her.
beˈcoming adjective
attractive. a very becoming dress.
beˈcomingly adverb
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The only faults that marred his conduct were fits of fury to which he was subject and during which he lost control of himself and became like a wild animal.
He became absorbed in the kite, and watched it not only by day, but often all night long.
From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation.
Little by little, as ages went on, a change took place; a general law of attraction manifested itself, to which the hitherto errant atoms became obedient: these atoms combined together chemically according to their affinities, formed themselves into molecules, and composed those nebulous masses with which the depths of the heavens are strewed.
At this Hadvor became very sad, and said that she did not.
When the memory of the first races felt itself overloaded, when the mass of reminiscences of the human race became so heavy and so confused that speech naked and flying, ran the risk of losing them on the way, men transcribed them on the soil in a manner which was at once the most visible, most durable, and most natural.
Thus, one after another, all of the twenty-six officers filed into the palace and made their guesses-- and became ornaments.
The more diversified in habits and structure the descendants of our carnivorous animal became, the more places they would be enabled to occupy.
The voice that had been low and trembling became shrill and loud.
The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Camerino, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese--everybody made advances to him to become his friend.
Yet he was idle at his tasks and had not altogether an easy time, for when asked long years after how he became such a splendid Latin scholar, he replied, "My master whipt me very well, without that, sir, I should have done nothing.
When her term of mourning had expired, Madeline gave her hand and fortune to Nicholas; and, on the same day and at the same time, Kate became Mrs Frank Cheeryble.