What does become mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. become, go, getverb

    enter or assume a certain state or condition

    "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!"

  2. become, turnverb

    undergo a change or development

    "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"

  3. becomeverb

    come into existence

    "What becomes has duration"

  4. become, suitverb

    enhance the appearance of

    "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This behavior doesn't suit you!"


  1. becomeverb

    To arrive, come (to a place).

  2. becomeverb

    To begin to be; to come to be; to turn into.

  3. becomeverb

    To look attractive on, be suitable for.

    That dress really becomes you.

  4. Etymology: becuman, from. Cognate with German bekommen, Dutch bekomen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Becomeverb

    pret. I became; comp. pret. I have become.

    Etymology: from by and come.

    The Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. Gen. ii. 7.

    And unto the Jews I became a Jew, that I might gain the Jews. 1 Cor. ix. 20.

    A smaller pear, grafted upon a stock that beareth a greater pear, will become great. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 453.

    My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear’d,
    But still rejoic’d; how is it now become
    So dreadful to thee? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 120.

    So the least faults, if mix’d with fairest dead,
    Of future ill become the fatal seed. Matthew Prior.

    What is then become of so huge a multitude, as would have overspread a great part of the continent? Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Perplex’d with thoughts, what would become
    Of me, and all mankind. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii. l. 275.

    The first hints of the circulation of the blood were taken from a common person’s wondering what became of all the blood which issued out of the heart. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    What will become of me then? for when he is free, he will infallibly accuse me. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.

    What became of this thoughtful busy creature, when removed from this world, has amazed the vulgar, and puzzled the wise. John Rogers, Sermons.

    I cannot joy, until I be resolved
    Where our right valiant father is become. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

  2. To Becomeverb

    Etymology: from be or by, and cwemen, Sax. to please.

    If I become not a cart as well as another man, a plague on my bringing up. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Why would I be a queen? because my face
    Would wear the title with a better grace;
    If I became it not, yet it would be
    Part of your duty, then, to flatter me. John Dryden, Conq. of Gran.

    She to her sire made humble reverence,
    And bowed low, that her right well became,
    And added grace unto her excellence. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    I would I had some flowers of the spring that might
    Become your time of day; and your’s, and your’s,
    That wear upon your virgin branches yet
    Your maidenheads growing. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Yet be sad, good brothers;
    For, to speak truth, it very well becomes you. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Your dishonour
    Mangles true judgment, and bereaves the state
    Of that integrity, which should become it. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    Wicherly was of my opinion, or, rather, I of his: for it becomes me so to speak of so excellent a poet. John Dryden, Dufr. Pref.

    He utterly rejected their fables concerning their gods, as not becoming good men, much less those which were worshipped for gods. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idolatry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Become

    of Become

  2. Becomeverb

    to pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character

  3. Becomeverb

    to come; to get

  4. Becomeverb

    to suit or be suitable to; to be congruous with; to befit; to accord with, in character or circumstances; to be worthy of, or proper for; to cause to appear well; -- said of persons and things


  1. Become

    Become is the first studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder. It consists of nine tracks; however, the ninth track is unlisted and untitled.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Become

    be-kum′, v.i. to pass from one state to another: to come to be: to be the fate or end of (followed by of).—v.t. to suit or befit, to grace or adorn fittingly (with dat. object):—pa.t. becāme′; pa.p. become′.—adj. Becom′ing, suitable to: graceful.—adv. Becom′ingly.—n. Becom′ingness. [A.S. becuman. See Come.]


  1. Become

    Become is a search engine focused solely on shopping. Become offers various views and filtering criteria to allow users to more easily shop locally or all over the web.

Editors Contribution

  1. become

    To change from a specific form to a form of choice.

    We have become such mature, kind, loving and peaceloving people on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'become' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #274

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'become' in Written Corpus Frequency: #758

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'become' in Verbs Frequency: #28

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of become in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of become in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of become in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Durden:

    Kim made money on her booty with her sex tape and no one knew she had a booty before the sex tape, her name has become her brand and when you hashtag Kardashian and hashtag booty, they know what they are doing and it will sell.

  2. Carsten Wiebers:

    We have become even more selective about our counterparties and projects, today we expect much better credit quality on the part of the shipping companies and we demand much higher equity capital.

  3. David Schwimmer:

    It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to kind of adjust to and become comfortable with, as an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, and so I used to walk around with my head up, and really engaged and watching people.

  4. Lauren Greenfield:

    One of the insights I took from this process was that the compliments we so frequently and often unconsciously bestow on girls can actually have a negative effect and even become a source of pain and disempowerment, while counterintuitive, compliments, especially the ones related to physical appearance like 'you're so cute; you're adorable,' were perceived as limiting and oppressive, making girls feel that the expectations on them were focused on their appearance and not on their abilities or what was inside.

  5. Tony Bramwell:

    In cultural terms it's become iconic; the sleeve, the songs, the stories behind the songs.

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    sound of something in rapid motion
    • A. whirring
    • B. profound
    • C. plush
    • D. reassuring

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