Become



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?
Contemporary Examples

If we succeed, we will become different people in the process.
Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical Jedediah Purdy April 25, 2014

But he delivered his remarks in the same low-affect, wobbly-voiced delivery to which Fed watchers have become accustomed.
Bernanke Drop the Mic as He Exits the Fed Daniel Gross December 18, 2013

And if you buy the right real estate, you can see China from your porch, so you can become an expert on foreign policy.
I’m Moving to Burma Michael Tomasky June 28, 2012

Sour grapes have led the once-visionary musician to become embittered.
Why Prince Hates the Internet Michaelangelo Matos July 7, 2010

Now Franken is poised to become that rare politician whose very existence is a wedge issue to be exploited.
Al Franken is the Right’s New Punching Bag Benjamin Sarlin January 4, 2009

Historical Examples

He was behind me just now, as I entered, he said, and I cannot think what has become of him.
Symposium Plato

Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon

War itself had become a matter of arrangement, bargain, and diplomacy.
New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds

But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

When he gets as big as Universal Motors, he can become patriotic.
Summer Snow Storm Adam Chase

verb (mainly intransitive) -comes, -coming, -came, -come
(copula) to come to be; develop or grow into: he 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?
(transitive) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit: that dress becomes you
(transitive) to be appropriate; befit: it ill becomes you to complain
v.

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.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with become , also see idioms beginning with get

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    to dash or spatter (something) all over: to bedash a salad with pepper. to dash or strike against: windows bedashed with rain. to demolish or ruin; obliterate: His dreams of glory were quickly bedashed.



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