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 American dream or way of suburban living became as popular in the world as the mighty dollar. Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’?," 14 July 2018 Harford became a sponsor of an internal group of female employees called Women of Uber, and he was essentially designated to advocate for the group. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Then the problem became how to get them back out through the tunnels, some completely full of fast-flowing flood water. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 Tailback Alex Barnes became just the fourth Wildcat in school history to amass 1,000 yards before the start of his junior year. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 Lopez became a Charter Club Lion in the new San Marcos Lions Club in 1983 and served as Secretary for the first Board of Directors. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 In winning, Kerber also became the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graff in 1996. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Angelique Kerber downs Serena Williams at Wimbledon in lead-up to Western & Southern Open," 14 July 2018 Over the course of 12 months, the team became much smarter and more aggressive, and suddenly LeBron James is in L.A. Particularly with the Knicks, that's the dream. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 Drive-ins became popular on the East Coast first, before spreading to Northern California in the 1940s. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 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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