- 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.
- become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?
Origin of become
Related Words for becomecome, convert, incline, shift, metamorphose, mature, wax, accord, augment, fit, display, flatter, enrich, ornament, embellish, agree, suit, harmonize, garnish, heighten
Examples from the Web for become
Contemporary Examples of become
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
January 9, 2015
Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
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.
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.
Historical Examples of become
He had become so wedded to his gold that to lose it was like losing his heart's blood.
Your brother may become entangled in some way with this woman.
But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.
He had become insensible, however, to all the dissenting ones.
It died just as the languages of most of our Indian tribes have become a thing of the past.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
- (copula) to come to be; develop or grow intohe 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); suitthat dress becomes you
- (tr) to be appropriate; befitit ill becomes you to complain
Word Origin for become
Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from Proto-Germanic *bikweman "become" (cf. Dutch bekomen, Old High German biqueman "obtain," German bekommen, Gothic biquiman). A compound of be- and come; it drove out Old English weorðan. Meaning "to look well" is early 14c., from earlier sense of "to agree with, be fitting" (early 13c.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with become
- become of
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