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


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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Those rarefied club grounds, as photographer David Abrahams reveals with his attentive lens, become a meeting place for the young and the old, the professional the the amateur, and the tourist and the local. David Abrahams, Vogue, "At a Wimbledon Full of Unprecedented Twists and Turns, Scenes From On and Off the Court," 13 July 2018 Now the Cards are trying to become one of the teams that gets an official visit from Hurt. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s chief brand officer, left last month to become chief marketing officer at the Hollywood talent agency Endeavor. Mike Isaac,, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Shepherd hopes to become just the fourth person since the competition started in 1949 to win back-to-back USGA girls junior championships, joining Judy Eller (1957-58), Hollis Stacy (1969-70-71), and Eun Jeong Seong (2015-16). Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 He's held state and regional positions with the League of United Latin American Citizens, and is currently running to become its national president. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Darryl Morin, rising Hispanic leader known for building coalitions, renounces GOP membership," 14 July 2018 Dalton Schoen stepped up to become a big play producer before an injury cut short his season, registering the team’s longest touchdown play of the season (82 yards against Texas). Matt Murschel,, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 Richard Bash applied to become Colombus' chief of police in 2012 according to The Columbus Dispatch, but was passed up for Kimberly Jacobs, who is still the chief. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Peoria's search for new police chief down to four finalists," 14 July 2018 Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Durrani. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 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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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)


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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