become

verb
be·​come | \ bi-ˈkəm How to pronounce become (audio) , bē-\
became\ bi-​ˈkām How to pronounce became (audio) , bē-​ \; become; becoming

Definition of become

intransitive verb

1a : to come into existence
b : to come to be become sick They both became teachers.
2 : 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

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Synonyms for become

Synonyms

come, get, go, grow, run, turn, wax

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

American investor Eugene Meyer became the first president of the World Bank, and a tradition was born. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 2019 Salah himself became the Premier League's record goalscorer in a single season, the fastest ever Liverpool player to 50 goals, and won the golden boot twice in his first two campaigns. SI.com, "Mohamed Salah: The Humble King Who Conquered Rome and Took Liverpool By Storm," 17 Sep. 2019 The roof of a safari vehicle traveling through the Serengeti in Tanzania became the perfect perch for a big cat. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "New Jersey Family Captures 'Amazing' Close Encounter with Cheetah on Trip to Serengeti," 17 Sep. 2019 Sarah Thomas, a 2004 UConn graduate, former UConn swimmer and a breast cancer survivor, became the first person to complete a four‐way crossing of the English Channel early Tuesday morning. Lori Riley, courant.com, "UConn grad, cancer survivor Sarah Thomas completes record-setting four-way English Channel swim," 17 Sep. 2019 Canada last year became the second nation — after the small South American country of Uruguay — to legalize and regulate marijuana, but legal sales of edible and vaping products are not due to begin until later this year. BostonGlobe.com, "Vaping illness in US gives Canada pause as legal marijuana vaping sales near - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 But the café became a target of conservative Muslim clergy, who declared it a breeder of Western ideology that would upend Afghan tradition. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 The question becomes, does the President preemptively launch? Fox News, "'Locked and loaded': Military options on table in response to Saudi oil attack as Trump seeks to avoid war," 17 Sep. 2019 Freddie Kitchens became the sixth former Alabama player to earn a victory as an NFL head coach when the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of become

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

History and Etymology for become

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

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

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become

verb

English Language Learners Definition of become

: to begin to be or come to be something specified : to begin to have a specified quality
: to look attractive on (someone) : to be flattering to (someone)
: to be suitable for (someone) : to be proper for (someone)

become

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

Kids Definition of become

1 : to come or grow to be He became president. It's becoming cold. A tadpole becomes a frog.
2 : to be suitable to especially in a pleasing way Look for clothes that become you.
become of
: to happen to What has become of my friend?

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