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Past tense of become.


the past tense of become



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.
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.
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]


(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
References in classic literature ?
It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.
Concerning the old carpenter who fixed the bed for the writer, I only mentioned him because he, like many of what are called very common people, became the nearest thing to what is understandable and lovable of all the grotesques in the writer's book.
We'll do our best to win, and any one is at liberty to travel on the same steamer we are to take," added the young inventor, and his tone became more incisive.
But, as he uttered it, it became oracular, the most sacred of words.
I put a copy of both the report and additional notes into a folder for the day when I became a head coach.
Using his friend John Carpenter to help him videotape his sexual exploits, Crane became completely obsessed with his salacious proclivity, allowing his career and family life to fall apart.
As time went on and cultures developed masonry skills, sacred spaces were enclosed and became increasingly more ornate.
98) Class also played a role; pianos became so commonplace by the 1890s that periodicals such as The Young Woman recommended that the "thousands of nice girls who are lost in the crowd of our surplus female population" take up the violin in order to "stand out and shine" in social gatherings.
Harcourt became obsessed with music as a boy in his native Birmingham, England.
With the founding of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet in 1948, modernism and neoclassicism became the defining traits of American ballet at midcentury.
I became a 'roads scholar'-- a black guy who grew up in the South Bronx, went to Harvard and got a Ph.