Meaning of become

become




To become is to evolve, change into, or emerge as something. A fertilized egg will hatch and the tiny chick will become a full-grown chicken.

When you become angrier and angrier watching the TV news, you begin to feel a certain way. Likewise, when Pinocchio the wooden puppet becomes a real boy in the fairy tale, he changes from toy to human. The word become can also mean “learn how to be” or “be qualified for,” as when you dream that some day you’ll become an astronaut. The Old English becuman has these meanings, and also “meet with” or “arrive.”

Definitions of become
  1. verb

    come into existence

    “What
    becomes has duration”
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    come, occur

    come to one’s mind; suggest itself
    root

    come into existence, originate
    form, spring, take form, take shape

    develop into a distinctive entity
    arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise

    come into existence; take on form or shape
    arise, bob up, come up

    originate or come into being
    make

    be or be capable of being changed or made into
    regenerate

    be formed or shaped anew
    resurge

    rise again
    come forth, emerge

    happen or occur as a result of something
    come, follow

    to be the product or result
    swell, well up

    come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
    head

    take its rise

  2. verb

    undergo a change or development

    “Her former friend
    became her worst enemy”
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    turn

    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
    turn

    cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics
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    boil down, come down, reduce

    be the essential element
    choke, suffocate

    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    nucleate

    form into a nucleus
    add up, amount, come

    develop into
    aggregate

    amount in the aggregate to
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    metamorphose, transform, transmute

    change in outward structure or looks

  3. verb

    enter or assume a certain state or condition

    “He
    became annoyed when he heard the bad news”
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    get, go

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    sober, sober up

    become sober after excessive alcohol consumption
    sober, sober up

    become more realistic
    work

    arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
    take effect

    go into effect or become effective or operative
    run

    change from one state to another
    take

    be seized or affected in a specified way
    break

    come into being
    settle

    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
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    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

  4. verb

    enhance the appearance of

    “Mourning
    becomes Electra”
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    suit

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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

    make more beautiful

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