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.