Old English weorþan
You seem to wonder "to become" to become the primary sense or translation of the Old English weorþan. So do I, unfortunately based on some casual rather than causal evidences such as:
Words are to call goods (i.e., beings, becomings, happenings, things, or whatever), while weirds or soothsayers are to call gods to make ill fortunes or weirds well. In ancient times, goods were widely believed to have their own god. Perhaps, goods were gods; words were weirds. Indeed, words are for goods; weirds are for gods. Weirds should better be positive wishes than what you dree passively, hence perhaps cognate with Old English willan "to wish."
-- copied by --KYPark 21:46, 9 January 2007 (UTC)