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

With Everest becoming a bucket-list item that more and more people pursue, serious climbers are looking to less popular peaks to prove their skill. Washington Post, "Famed Indian climber nearly died on peak where team was lost," 7 June 2019 Many homeowners expect to see their property values increase, with the area becoming more popular and developed. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Ivanhoe Village merchants ‘excited and terrified’ to see how new apartments change the neighborhood," 7 June 2019 Deters said this the fifth serial killer he's dealt with since becoming a prosecutor. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "'Nothing but evil': Serial killer Samuel Little indicted in 2 Cincinnati murders," 7 June 2019 The church was the first of what has become a collection of historic buildings on the Settlement campus. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "It all started with saving a church from demolition: Naperville Heritage Society celebrates 50 years," 7 June 2019 Essentially, Facebook has a long-term problem of becoming AOL or CompuServe, two older examples of social networks that eventually lost their grip. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "There's No Roadmap to Breaking Up Facebook—But Here's Where the Government Might Start," 7 June 2019 At one point, Jimmie hears two cool girls on the bus complaining, with the received pieties that people use, about what San Francisco has become. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 Some men rule by becoming the rules, the unlikely rubric of the heroic and anti-heroic. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 Fifty years ago this August, dairy farmer Max Yasgur leased a portion of his land to what would become a watershed moment in pop history: the three-day Woodstock music festival. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 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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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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