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


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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And while most of us can use a computer with a mouse and keyboard, the disabled community became unfairly marginalized. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 The Georgian capital has become an incubator of sorts for up-and-coming designers in recent years, and its locals are synonymous with a daring, cutting-edge brand of street style. Vogue, "The Best Street Style from Tbilisi Fashion Week Fall 2019," 3 May 2019 Another Reddit user revealed a huge plan to become fake friends with a fan who previously spoiled Avengers: Infinity War last year in order to spoil Avengers: Endgame as payback. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Teachers Are Threatening Students with "Avengers: Endgame" Spoilers To Get Them To Behave In Class and I’m Outraged," 3 May 2019 The country singer, now 29, became a household name overnight and released her debut album, Frame by Frame, all in less than a year of taking home the trophy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The Voice's Cassadee Pope Reveals the 'Grueling' Part of Winning That No One Talks About," 27 Apr. 2019 Bran will go back to the past and become the Night King, and the Night King will kill Bran in the present, leaving no trace of the Three Eyed Raven left. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "These Weird White Walker Symbols Might Be Hints About Bran Becoming the Night King," 26 Apr. 2019 Going all out with tropical materials can put you at risk of becoming a boho-chic cliché. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Island-Inspired Palm Beach House Is the Ultimate Vacation Retreat," 19 Apr. 2019 And while those viral stories might feel out of reach, there are lots of women taking realistic approaches to becoming super savers. Glamour, "The Simple, Free Trick That Could Help You Save $10,000," 19 Apr. 2019 While Jinger and Jeremy are over-the-moon in love with their little girl, Jinger was honest about her fears of becoming a parent. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "5 Shocking Confessions From Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo's Interview on the Roloffs' Easter Week Podcast," 17 Apr. 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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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 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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