become

verb
be·come | \ bi-ˈkəm , bē- \
became\bi-ˈkām, 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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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that 61 people in seven states, including Iowa and Illinois, have become ill from cyclosporiasis linked to McDonald’s salads, with two hospitalizations. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "McDonald’s Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses," 13 July 2018 O’Brien said he's become accustomed to a new position on a regular basis throughout his career. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 But the way that Drake has become an inescapable force in the game is unique. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 What's interesting about it is that (play development) conversations also become casting conversations. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For theater community, finding ways to reflect societal diversity onstage is more urgent than ever," 13 July 2018 The old ones were installed in the mid-1990s and had become lumpy, Kimmel officials said. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 Two nights ago showed how deep the Reds lineup is, how great the attitude has become. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 And of course there will be a scene where Will, grimacing, will pull out a piece of jagged metal that has become embedded in his flesh. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson’s charisma elevates a dumb movie," 12 July 2018 Either way, the phrase has become a rallying cry for English fans, and a rendition of the tune was even played outside Buckingham Palace by the Bands of the Guards Division on Saturday. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Told England's World Cup Team "The Whole Country Is Right Behind You"," 11 July 2018

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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 \
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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