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.


  1. become

    Seventh Wonder is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 2000.


  1. Become

    Become can be defined as the process of transitioning or transforming into a different state, condition, or identity. It refers to the act of developing or growing into something new or acquiring a particular quality. It often involves a gradual or deliberate change, encompassing personal, professional, or emotional aspects. Ultimately, becoming implies a shift from one state to another, resulting in a modified or evolved version of oneself.

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. Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan:

    We believe we have an obligation to speak out and a duty to speak out, should we be favored with re-election, that will become intensified in terms of people here who will be voting, we will encourage them to become registered and become involved in the debate.

  2. Rebecca King Crews:

    Some people say, 'Hey, man ... you can't really be addicted to pornography.' But I'm gonna tell you something: If day turns into night and you are still watching, you probably have got a problem. And that was me, it changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts; they become things to be used rather than people to be loved.

  3. Patrick Overton:

    Watch your thoughts they become words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions they become habits. Watch your habits they become character. Watch your character it becomes your destiny.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    TVs have become smart and humans have become stupid. Dependence on technology is rendering a human depleted of inner intelligence. With mechanization man has learnt to become mechanical. Don't get completely programmed and be digitized, switch on internally, become intelligent, internalize and MickeyMize.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    If a seed can become a tree, flowers and fruits and if a sperm can become a body, eyes and hair, an idiot can become intelligent, and a stupid can become a genius. Only if we choose to. Because we are the immeasurable potential of all that was, is and will be. CHOOSE to become purposeful, meaningful and useful to this world and MickeyMize your life. Share this to create valuable humans for collective evolution.

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