Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Becoming"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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 {Come}.]
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Becoming \Be*com"ing\, a.
Appropriate or fit; congruous; suitable; graceful; befitting.

A low and becoming tone. --Thackeray.

Note: Formerly sometimes followed by of.

Such discourses as are becoming of them.

Syn: Seemly; comely; decorous; decent; proper.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Becoming \Be*com"ing\, n.
That which is becoming or appropriate. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: according with custom or propriety; "her becoming modesty";
"comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a
gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a
decent burial"; "seemly behavior" [syn: {comely}, {comme
il faut}, {decent}, {decorous}, {seemly}]
2: displaying or setting off to best advantage; "a becoming new
shade of rose"; "a becoming portrait"

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