What became of (someone or something)?

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What became of (someone or something)?

What happened to someone or something? What was the end result for someone or something? What ever became of Jared? You used to be such good friends, but you haven't mentioned him once since he moved away. Scientists are still trying to determine what became of the probe, which they lost contact with ten days ago.
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what will become/has become/became of somebody/something?

used to ask what will happen or what has happened to somebody/something: What became of that student who used to live with you?I hate to think what will become of them if they lose their home.
See also: became, become, of, somebody, what, will
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But it's on my mind as he's been false to me, and 'ticed her away, and she's gone to him--and I'm going now to see, for I can never go to work again till I know what's become of her."
"What's become of Bruno?" I said, when we had completed our tour.
'T is very strange, Dixey," added he to his companion, "what's become of all these Pyncheon's!
"Say," he said, "what's become of that frilly breakfast cap you was workin' on so hard, I ain't never seen you wear it, and it was sure too big for the kid."
I wonder what's become of Faustus, that was wont to make our schools ring with sic probo.
You, Kerfoot, go for'ard and see what's become of Cooky!
What's become of that fellow in green--the architect dressed up as a forester?
'"And what's become of the others, Sir?" asked Tom Smart--
the wedding-ring--only no one knows what's become of his wife!"
Your father didn't leave very much, and I don't know what's become of it.
l said: "Look here, dear friend, WHAT'S BECOME OF YOUR HIGH WAGES YOU WERE BRAGGING SO ABOUT A FEW MINUTES AGO?" -- and I looked around on the company with placid satisfaction, for I had slipped up on him gradually and tied him hand and foot, you see, without his ever noticing that he was being tied at all.
'I wonder,' said Peggotty, who was sometimes seized with a fit of wondering on some most unexpected topic, 'what's become of Davy's great-aunt?'
Anything I can do for you?' For several weeks it was: 'What's become of Ferguson?" After that I became a reminiscence and a memory.
'What's become of the boy?' said the Jew, seizing the Dodger tightly by the collar, and threatening him with horrid imprecations.
"Blamed if I know -- that is, what's become of the raft.
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