become (v.) Old form(s): becom
put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to
1H6 IV.vii.23[Talbot to dead John] O thou whose wounds become hard-favoured Death
AC II.ii.244[Enobarbus to Maecenas and Agrippa, of Cleopatra] vilest things / Become themselves in her [i.e. they are made becoming]
CE III.ii.11[Luciana to Antipholus of Syracuse] Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty
Cym IV.ii.156.1[Belarius to Guiderius] valour / Becomes thee well enough
Cym V.v.28[Cymbeline to Cornelius, of the Queen's death] Who worse than a physician / Would this report become?
Luc.1323[of Lucrece] she would not blot the letter / With words, till action might become them better
MV II.ii.169[Bassanio to Gratiano] Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice, / Parts that become thee happily enough
MW I.i.17[Evans to Shallow] The dozen white louses do become an old coat well [or: sense 2]
Per II.iii.95[Simonides to Knights] Even in your armours, as you are addressed, / Will well become a soldiers' dance
R2 III.iii.97[King Richard to all, of Bolingbroke] Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons / Shall ill become the flower of England's face
TC I.ii.123[Pandarus to Cressida, of Troilus] I think his smiling becomes him better than any man in all Phrygia
TC I.ii.92[Credssida to Pandarus, of Hector having Troilus' beauty] 'Twould not become him
TN IV.ii.6[Feste to Maria, of adopting the role of Sir Topas] I am not tall enough to become the function well
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