Definition of become in English:



  • 1[no object, with complement] Begin to be.

    ‘they became angry’
    ‘it is becoming clear that we are in a totally new situation’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two weeks after filming began, it became evident that it would work.’
    • ‘The group was amazing and week after week, we became closer and began to reveal our stories.’
    • ‘Stir the boiling liquid from time to time, until it begins to thicken and becomes syrupy.’
    • ‘Then, when the cameras finally began rolling, it became apparent that the film was running way over schedule.’
    • ‘Six months before he began writing, he became dangerously ill with pneumonia.’
    • ‘If the file becomes popular, copies begin to sprout up around the internet, at no extra cost.’
    • ‘After several listens, however, a rare aesthetic begins to become clear.’
    • ‘As the picture begins, it soon becomes clear that Lee is offering more than a mere recounting of generic forms.’
    • ‘When exams are over, and summer begins, we become more active and trim down a bit.’
    • ‘From Oklahoma on, the landscape began to change - becoming more hilly with lots more trees.’
    • ‘The Australian culture and identity began to change, becoming more cosmopolitan from this point onward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jim stopped playing in the band in the 1950s when smaller rock and roll groups began to become more popular.’
    • ‘Airen was becoming angry and impatient with Bowen, and began to regret telling him the story.’
    • ‘The edges of the job are beginning to become clear, and it's all terribly exciting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over a period of ten minutes I saw them become violent and begin twisting in all sorts of directions.’
    1. 1.1Grow to be; turn into.
      ‘the child will become an adult’
      • ‘Both grew up to become intellectual, ambitious adults; a trait they passed to their children.’
      • ‘How do we develop strategies towards becoming more whole and actualized people?’
      • ‘Meanwhile, during her stay with Ella, Rose grows up and becomes responsible.’
      • ‘This is because it will be a signal that those countries are becoming economically developed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Murray's How to Make a Bird shows with rare insight and wisdom the path to growing and becoming that we must all take.’
      • ‘Then, as my confidence grew, I became bolder and I haven't looked back since.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our environment, both in the developed and developing world, is becoming more complex and polluted.’
      • ‘Feeling they need him, he grows in stature and becomes twice his normal size.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to this model, all states in the developing world were expected to go through a series of economic stages before becoming fully developed.’
      • ‘They start out as something and keep growing, becoming what they need to be by the end.’
      • ‘You have to change and develop yourself so you become what the horse needs you to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As countries become more developed, their economic and political volatility decreases.’
      • ‘It is a science which is developing, becoming more exact through time.’
      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’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I have canoed, fished, sailed and more recently I have become qualified in powerboats.’
      • ‘Grace, who wants to become a doctor, has been told her results were the best in the school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As soon as he became a candidate he put away his woolly jumpers and bought himself a dozen grey suits.’
      • ‘He served in the Diet for more than 25 years, becoming transport minister and chief of the environmental agency.’
      • ‘Dreams of becoming photographers, pilots, sportspersons - all are lost, and regret is not sweet.’
      • ‘With this sort of appropriate task structure, the procrastinator becomes a useful citizen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whether Sanjay grows up to become like the other adults is a question Singh doesn't dare answer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Geoff was once asked at a slide show what qualities were essential to becoming a high-altitude mountaineer.’
      • ‘Ching, 63, is a top party fundraiser on the cusp of becoming Labour's first Chinese MP.’
      • ‘I was depressed by the thought of the kind of doctors our students might become.’
      • ‘Would he consider becoming personal economic adviser to Tony Blair, then newly elected as leader of the Labour party?’
      • ‘They're becoming increasingly reasonable members of the world financial community.’
      • ‘Questions are now being asked as to how Stephen King ever became accepted as an expert in child protection.’
      • ‘Now I am proud that I am becoming his wife in November.’
      be appointed as, be assigned as, be nominated, be elected as, be made
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    3. 1.3(in questions) happen to.
      ‘what would become of her now?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Miss Ophelia asks him what becomes of their souls, and he shrugs off the question, saying it is not his problem.’
      • ‘But what becomes of a society that is so thoroughly saturated with deception?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I find myself wondering what is becoming of us as a people.’
      • ‘What becomes of retirement plans when Century birthdays are as common as turning 50 is today?’
      • ‘In the meantime, there remained the question of what would become of the island itself.’
      • ‘What eventually becomes of our comic-book superheroes?’
      • ‘This question demands another preliminary question: what becomes of spirituality in a scientific age?’
      happen to, be the fate of, be the lot of, overtake, be visited on
      befall, betide
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  • 2[with 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. 2.1Be 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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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.