Definition of become in US English:

become

verb

  • 1no object, with complement Begin to be.

    ‘it is becoming clear that we are in a totally new situation’
    ‘they became angry’
    • ‘From Oklahoma on, the landscape began to change - becoming more hilly with lots more trees.’
    • ‘After several listens, however, a rare aesthetic begins to become clear.’
    • ‘When the truth begins to emerge it becomes apparent that the rumours of affairs were hearsay, but a darker secret of family ties lies beneath them.’
    • ‘As the picture begins, it soon becomes clear that Lee is offering more than a mere recounting of generic forms.’
    • ‘Two weeks after filming began, it became evident that it would work.’
    • ‘Stir the boiling liquid from time to time, until it begins to thicken and becomes syrupy.’
    • ‘The group was amazing and week after week, we became closer and began to reveal our stories.’
    • ‘It was a time when the sorts of changes we had seen coming as a result of the collapse of communism were beginning to become really apparent.’
    • ‘The edges of the job are beginning to become clear, and it's all terribly exciting.’
    • ‘Airen was becoming angry and impatient with Bowen, and began to regret telling him the story.’
    • ‘The Australian culture and identity began to change, becoming more cosmopolitan from this point onward.’
    • ‘When exams are over, and summer begins, we become more active and trim down a bit.’
    • ‘Jim stopped playing in the band in the 1950s when smaller rock and roll groups began to become more popular.’
    • ‘They tasted good but would have tasted even better if the sabayon had not begun to split and become cold by the time it reached the table.’
    • ‘Six months before he began writing, he became dangerously ill with pneumonia.’
    • ‘Over a period of ten minutes I saw them become violent and begin twisting in all sorts of directions.’
    • ‘Then, when the cameras finally began rolling, it became apparent that the film was running way over schedule.’
    • ‘But by that night she was becoming increasingly distressed.’
    • ‘It will happen if the populations become richer and begin to think they have a stake in prosperity.’
    • ‘If the file becomes popular, copies begin to sprout up around the internet, at no extra cost.’
    change gradually, transmute, turn, go
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    1. 1.1 Grow to be; turn into.
      ‘the child will become an adult’
      • ‘Meanwhile, during her stay with Ella, Rose grows up and becomes responsible.’
      • ‘Both grew up to become intellectual, ambitious adults; a trait they passed to their children.’
      • ‘How do you expect me to grow and develop and become cultured if you insult me all the time?’
      • ‘Without treatment the condition could result in infants becoming mentally retarded or developing other neurological problems.’
      • ‘Feeling they need him, he grows in stature and becomes twice his normal size.’
      • ‘You have to change and develop yourself so you become what the horse needs you to be.’
      • ‘It is a science which is developing, becoming more exact through time.’
      • ‘How do we develop strategies towards becoming more whole and actualized people?’
      • ‘The more developed a country becomes, the more careful it is with its energy: this is a natural law of economics that needs no treaty to ratify it.’
      • ‘Murray's How to Make a Bird shows with rare insight and wisdom the path to growing and becoming that we must all take.’
      • ‘He was a strange, compelling figure who became tougher as he grew older.’
      • ‘They can't see objects as well as we can, but as they grow their object perception becomes richer and more differentiated.’
      • ‘They start out as something and keep growing, becoming what they need to be by the end.’
      • ‘As countries become more developed, their economic and political volatility decreases.’
      • ‘According to this model, all states in the developing world were expected to go through a series of economic stages before becoming fully developed.’
      • ‘This is because it will be a signal that those countries are becoming economically developed.’
      • ‘Then, as my confidence grew, I became bolder and I haven't looked back since.’
      • ‘Our environment, both in the developed and developing world, is becoming more complex and polluted.’
      • ‘The baby is further developed and is becoming more efficient in the amniotic sac.’
      • ‘Malaysia is becoming more modern and developed, yet many aspects of politics and culture don't seem to be changing.’
      come to be, get to be, turn out to be, grow, get, turn
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    2. 1.2 (of a person) qualify or be accepted as; acquire the status of.
      ‘she wanted to become a doctor’
      • ‘As soon as he became a candidate he put away his woolly jumpers and bought himself a dozen grey suits.’
      • ‘Would he consider becoming personal economic adviser to Tony Blair, then newly elected as leader of the Labour party?’
      • ‘Geoff was once asked at a slide show what qualities were essential to becoming a high-altitude mountaineer.’
      • ‘I have canoed, fished, sailed and more recently I have become qualified in powerboats.’
      • ‘With this sort of appropriate task structure, the procrastinator becomes a useful citizen.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is appropriate that a Shell executive should become Scotland's tourist chief.’
      • ‘What do you want to become when you grow up, was another question posed to a five-year-old.’
      • ‘Later, as he went forth to achieve his goal of becoming Prime Minister by any means necessary, many more would fall victim to his whims.’
      • ‘Ching, 63, is a top party fundraiser on the cusp of becoming Labour's first Chinese MP.’
      • ‘Whether Sanjay grows up to become like the other adults is a question Singh doesn't dare answer.’
      • ‘Now I am proud that I am becoming his wife in November.’
      • ‘They're becoming increasingly reasonable members of the world financial community.’
      • ‘Dreams of becoming photographers, pilots, sportspersons - all are lost, and regret is not sweet.’
      • ‘He thought I should become either a doctor or an engineer but I saw being a chef as a great way of travelling the world.’
      • ‘Once students have completed the course, they will become fully qualified paramedics.’
      • ‘Do you eventually plan on fulfilling true waterman status by also becoming a longboard maestro?’
      • ‘Questions are now being asked as to how Stephen King ever became accepted as an expert in child protection.’
      • ‘I was depressed by the thought of the kind of doctors our students might become.’
      • ‘He served in the Diet for more than 25 years, becoming transport minister and chief of the environmental agency.’
      • ‘Grace, who wants to become a doctor, has been told her results were the best in the school.’
      be appointed as, be assigned as, be nominated, be elected as, be made
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    3. 1.3become of (in questions) happen to.
      ‘what would become of her now?’
      • ‘The question of what becomes of players who are at the top of the tree as juniors is one we've investigated this week.’
      • ‘But what becomes of the gladiator when he lays down his sword?’
      • ‘Miss Ophelia asks him what becomes of their souls, and he shrugs off the question, saying it is not his problem.’
      • ‘What becomes of retirement plans when Century birthdays are as common as turning 50 is today?’
      • ‘I find myself wondering what is becoming of us as a people.’
      • ‘In the meantime, there remained the question of what would become of the island itself.’
      • ‘But what becomes of a society that is so thoroughly saturated with deception?’
      • ‘What eventually becomes of our comic-book superheroes?’
      • ‘This question demands another preliminary question: what becomes of spirituality in a scientific age?’
      • ‘Never once did she question what would become of her, but always on her mind was what had happened to the future she had planned for herself.’
      happen to, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on
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  • 2with object (of clothing) look good on or suit (someone)

    ‘the dress becomes her’
    • ‘In her monastic habit she looked coarse and overblown: the severe lines and sober tints of the dress did not become her.’
    suit, flatter, look good on, look right on
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    1. 2.1 Be appropriate or suitable to (someone)
      ‘minor celebrity status did not become him’
      • ‘But Jay wrote that the measure would be for party purposes which it did not become him to accept.’
      befit, behove, suit, be suitable to, be fitting to
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Origin

Old English becuman ‘come to a place, come (to be or do something)’ (see be-, come), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bekomen and German bekommen ‘get, receive’.

Pronunciation

become

/bəˈkəm//bəˈkəm/