become

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verb be·come \bi-ˈkəm, bē-\

Definition of become

became

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become

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becoming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to come into existenceb :  to come to be <become sick> <They both became teachers.>

  3. 2 :  to undergo change or development <The pain was becoming more intense.>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to be suitable to <seriousness becoming the occasion>; especially :  to be becoming to <her clothes become her>

become of

  1. :  to happen to <wondering whatever became of old friends>

Examples of become in a sentence

  1. Although I've known him for years, we didn't become close friends until recently.

  2. She won the election, becoming the first woman to be President of the nation.

  3. The book has become quite popular.

  4. We became interested in the property last year.

  5. The crackers had become stale.

  6. It eventually became clear that he had lied.

  7. This kind of behavior hardly becomes a person of your age and position.

Origin and Etymology of become

Middle English, to come to, become, from Old English becuman, from be- + cuman to come


First Known Use: before 12th century



BECOME Defined for English Language Learners

become

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verb be·come \bi-ˈkəm, bē-\

Definition of become for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

become

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verb be·come \bi-ˈkəm\

Definition of become for Students

became

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become

becoming

  1. 1 :  to come or grow to be <He became president.> <It's becoming cold.> <A tadpole becomes a frog.>

  2. 2 :  to be suitable to especially in a pleasing way <Look for clothes that become you.>

become of

  1. :  to happen to <What has become of my friend?>



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