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
ICE became involved after local authorities couldn't verify Canchola's citizenship status.
Worries about how the cost could climb, if the GOP bill becomes law, keeps her dad up at night.
The country’s Reserve Bank is one of a handful around the world still owned by shareholders, and that eccentric structure has just become another stick to beat it with after the ruling African National Congress mooted ending such an arrangement.
As a result, many cannabis businesses become an all-cash enterprises, with stories abounding of business people hauling duffel bags filled with cash, making them targets for robberies.
Why have identity issues become such a mainstream talking point in politics?
At the request of one of the authors, Glennon initially joined the team as a consultant, but his role quickly became much broader.
And, ever since Taylor Swift became a fan about five years ago, collaborating with him and bringing him on tour with her, Sheeran has been a giant here as well.
Cohn would become an occasional guest at the Reagan White House and a constant presence at Studio 54.
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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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