become

verb
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

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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Plus, find out how to lend a hand to the advocacy organizations working to stop them from becoming law. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Donated More Than $100k to Fight These Disgusting Anti-LGBTQ Bills," 9 Apr. 2019 As teased in the cover's blurb, the angle around his interview with The Observer focuses on Shawn's global success and how he's skyrocketed to becoming one of the biggest pop stars in 2019. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Jokingly Challenged Shawn Mendes on His "Prince of Pop" Title," 8 Apr. 2019 She's also become known in the industry for being an outspoken voice and she's even developed a platform called LAPP the Brand, to help other girls share their voice. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leomie Anderson Is The Newest Victoria's Secret Angel," 4 Apr. 2019 Over the past few decades, it's become expected for royal babies to be photographed in their mothers' arms just hours after birth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 The 45-year-old won support from one-third of House Democrats in a 2016 bid to topple Mrs. Pelosi and organized the failed effort to block her from becoming speaker following the 2018 midterm elections. ... Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Enters 2020 Presidential Race," 4 Apr. 2019 Of course, this will help your career as well, as there are events to attend where professional and social relationships become blended. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 That number trails quarterly PC sales significantly, however, indicating that VR headsets are far from becoming a required PC accessory in the same way a mouse and keyboard are. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 Layer a Hoodie Under Your Dressy Coat Save a ladylike look from becoming saccharine; pair fancy materials like feathers and faux fur with the iconic symbol of street cred: a hoodie. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 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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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 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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