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. "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)

Origin: OE. Bicumen, becumen, AS. Becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. Bekomen, OHG.a piqueman, Goth. Biquiman to come upon, G. Bekommen to get, suit. See Be-, and Come.

(01 Mar 1998)