be·​come | \ bi-ˈkəm How to pronounce become (audio) , bē- \
became\ bi-​ˈkām How to pronounce become (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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Unsurprisingly, the two lonely children, Eleanor and Isaiah, swiftly become friendly. Clark Collis,, 20 Sep. 2022 At a €75 billion market cap, Porsche would become the world’s fifth-largest carmaker ahead of Mercedes-Benz. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 If the Colts can fix their massive personnel issues, play calling can become a strength again. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2022 Allen did not become a big part of the offense until October last season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 The costly measures that municipalities will need to undertake to adapt to rising sea levels, like building seawalls or elevating roads, could become more difficult to fund. Alex Lubben, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2022 Judge, who hit his 58th and 59th home runs Sunday, can become the first American League player since Roger Maris in 1961 to hit 60 home runs in a season. Steve Coogan, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 But as conditions in red states come to resemble those in Brazil, the practice could become more and more common. Patrick Adams, The Atlantic, 19 Sep. 2022 Amsterdam, which is loosely based on real events of the 1930s, follows three friends — Bale, Robbie and Washington — who witness a murder and, after being framed for it, become suspects themselves. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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23 Sep 2022

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“Become.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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