to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
to come into being.
to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.
to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
Idioms about become
become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?
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How to use become in a sentence
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
Lucas said that he himself nonetheless hopes to become a cop.
It will be a busy session; and I want to see if I can't become a useful public man.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
My son,” said Grabantak one evening to Chingatok, “if we are henceforth to live in peace, why not unite and become one nation?The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
You will follow the suite of my daughter to Spain, and you will become the bosom Counsellor of the wife of your Prince?The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The children of sinners become children of abominations, and they that converse near the houses of the ungodly.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
I shall soon depart, and practise no more; and my time will become my own—still my own, by no means yours.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for become
(copula) to come to be; develop or grow into: he became a monster
(foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to): what became of him?
(tr) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit: that dress becomes you
(tr) to be appropriate; befit: it ill becomes you to complain
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Other Idioms and Phrases with become
In addition to the idiom beginning with become
- become of
, also see idioms beginning with
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