be·​come | \ bi-ˈkəm How to pronounce become (audio) , bē- \
became\ bi-​ˈkām How to pronounce become (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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Buyer research tells us that B2B buyers have become more informed, considered, independent and demanding. Stephen Diorio, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The Foundation grants youth with visual impairments or who face blindness a visual wish, experiences that co-founders Steve and Christine Myers hope will become lasting memories the kids can enjoy even if their sight fails. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 The 252,000-square-foot building broke ground in 2019 and will become Weymouth’s only middle school, accommodating all sixth- through eighth-graders, or about 1,470 students. Johanna Seltz,, 2 Aug. 2022 What that something would be didn’t become fully clear for another month or so. Tom Roland, Billboard, 2 Aug. 2022 And one more sizzled from coast to coast, as Major League Baseball morphed from captivated to slack-jawed that a franchise mired in irrelevancy for so much of its existence has become a full-blown player at the biggest tables. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 The report said that Shuri (Letitia Wright) will indeed become the next Black Panther. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 Victories will require creative thinking, and Professor Franklin hopes the new center at UCLA will become a hub for that. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Aug. 2022 Scientists say that extreme rain events have become more common due to climate change. Julia Musto, Fox News, 31 July 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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