Definition of become
1a : to come into existenceb : to come to be become sick They both became teachers.
2 : to undergo change or development The pain was becoming more intense.
: to be suitable to seriousness becoming the occasion; especially : to be becoming to her clothes become her
: to happen to wondering whatever became of old friends
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.
Recent Examples of become from the Web
This year’s SOS summit marked the fifth installment of what has become an annual gathering of some of the world’s youngest and most passionate contemporary abolitionists.
Like 13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s last take on a serious mental-health Issue, the film has quickly become mired in controversy over its shortcomings as an educational tool.
Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients, according to an unpublished study presented in March at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting.
Brooks said the plaques are also a way for Rancho Bernardans to support the foundation’s charitable efforts in the community without becoming a foundation member.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, heatstroke, also called sunstroke, occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature.
The Horned Frogs were 6-7 last season, only their third losing campaign since Patterson became head coach in time for a bowl game in December 2000.
Blackburn, a Nobel laureate, became Salk’s leader in January 2016.
But many other species, like cheetahs, instead evolved to become increasingly fast.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
BECOME Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of become for Students
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.
: to happen to What has become of my friend?
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