- 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 becomescome, convert, incline, shift, metamorphose, mature, wax, accord, augment, fit, display, flatter, enrich, ornament, embellish, agree, suit, harmonize, garnish, heighten
Examples from the Web for becomes
Contemporary Examples of becomes
I think if you keep trying to do things the same way it becomes diminishing returns.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Selma becomes a biopic in which the hero shines while those who worked beside him are overlooked or relegated to the sidelines.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
In her struggle to find her daughter, Esther becomes one of the founders of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of becomes
Perhaps it is in this last that it becomes our most pernicious enemy.The Conquest of Fear
It now becomes my aim today to lay siege to this town and capture it.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Clerk or no, you have acted this day as becomes a true knight.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The messenger, too, who lends himself to her humour now becomes a proper man.The Man Shakespeare
Otherwise the chance of over-shooting--always great--becomes prohibitive.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- (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.).
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- become of
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