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Definition of become verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    become

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they become
     
    he / she / it becomes
     
    past simple became
     
    past participle become
     
    -ing form becoming
     
     
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  1. 1 linking verb to start to be something + adj. It was becoming more and more difficult to live on his salary. It soon became apparent that no one was going to come. She was becoming confused. + noun Obama became president in 2009. The bill will become law next year. She's studying to become a teacher. His job has become his whole life.
  2. 2[transitive, no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) become somebody (formal) to be suitable for someone Such behavior did not become her.
  3. 3 [transitive, no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) become somebody (formal) to look attractive on someone synonym suit Short hair really becomes you.
  4. Idioms
    what became, has become, will become of somebody/something?
     
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    used to ask what has happened or what will happen to someone or something What became of that student who used to live with you? I dread to think what will become of them if they lose their home.
Which Word?become / get / go / turnThese verbs are used frequently with the following adjectives:
become ~get ~go ~turn ~
involvedused towrongblue
clearbetterrightsour
accustomedworsebadbad
extinctdarkcrazycold
famousangrybaldred
illsickblind
Become is more formal than get. Both describe changes in people’s emotional or physical state, or natural or social changes. Go is usually used for negative changes. Turn is used for changes of color and changes in the weather.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: become