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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Of course, two men were already there: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 astronauts who became the first human beings to set foot on the lunar surface. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "The Apollo 11 Mission Inspired Pink Floyd’s Most Overlooked Song," 20 July 2019 Remember, Dorothy is a young girl who arrives in a new place and meets many different people who become her friends. David Rosenfeld, The Mercury News, "Drag Queen Story Hour draws protests in Southern California," 20 July 2019 Inspired by his mother to love and care for animals and children in need, he’s become known for his exceptional generosity and community involvement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bigs, BBQ and Baseball," 19 July 2019 Allen moved to Dunedin in 2005 to be with her boyfriend, Keith, who later became her husband. Kristine Phillips, USA Today, "A Florida woman was fined $100,000 for a dirty pool and overgrown grass. When do fines become excessive?," 19 July 2019 Bullock’s presence will replace California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who became the first candidate to drop out of the race earlier this month, according to USA Today. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "The Final Line Up For The Second Democratic Debate Is Here," 19 July 2019 But the Asian neighbors have become embroiled in diplomatic fights after Japan tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. Washington Post, "The Latest: Japan urges South Korea to agree to arbitration," 18 July 2019 The muted reactions by congressional Republicans followed a pattern that's become familiar after numerous incidents in Trump's presidency when he's made antagonistic or racially provocative comments. Author: Zeke Miller, Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says not happy with backers’ ‘send her back’ chant," 18 July 2019 She's also become involved in efforts to pass legislation that would increase heat protections for workers. NBC News, "In the hot seat: UPS delivery drivers at risk of heat-related illnesses," 18 July 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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