be·​come bi-ˈkəm How to pronounce become (audio)
became bi-ˈkām How to pronounce become (audio)
; become; becoming

intransitive verb

: to come into existence
: to come to be
become sick
They both became teachers.
: to undergo change or development
The pain was becoming more intense.

transitive verb

: to be suitable to
seriousness becoming the occasion
especially : to be becoming to
her clothes become her
become of
: to happen to
wondering whatever became of old friends

Examples of become in a Sentence

Although I've known him for years, we didn't become close friends until recently. She won the election, becoming the first woman to be President of the nation. The book has become quite popular. We became interested in the property last year. The crackers had become stale. It eventually became clear that he had lied. This kind of behavior hardly becomes a person of your age and position.
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Word History


Middle English, to come to, become, from Old English becuman, from be- + cuman to come

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of become was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Become.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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be·​come bi-ˈkəm How to pronounce become (audio)
became -ˈkām How to pronounce become (audio) ; become; becoming
: to come or grow to be
a tadpole becomes a frog
the days become shorter as summer ends
: to look well on : suit
her suit becomes her

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