Definition of become verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    become

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they become
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    he / she / it becomes
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkʌmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkʌmz//
     
    past simple became
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkeɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkeɪm//
     
    past participle become
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkʌm//
     
    -ing form becoming
    BrE BrE//bɪˈkʌmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkʌmɪŋ//
     
     
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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 She became queen in 1952. The bill will become law next year. She’s studying to become a teacher. His job has become his whole life. Which Word?become / get / go / turnThese verbs are used frequently with the following adjectives: become involved/​clear/​accustomed/​pregnant/​extinct/​famous/​ill get used to/​better/​worse/​pregnant/​tired/​angry/​dark go wrong/​right/​bad/​white/​crazy/​bald/​blind turn blue/​sour/​bad/​red/​cold 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. Go and turn are both used for changes of colour. Turn is also used for changes in the weather.
  2. 2[transitive, no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) become somebody (formal) to be suitable for somebody Such behaviour did not become her.
  3. 3[transitive, no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) become somebody (formal) to look attractive on somebody synonym suit Short hair really becomes you.
  4. Word Origin Old English becuman ‘come to a place, come (to be or do something)’ (see be-, come), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bekomen and German bekommen ‘get, receive’.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 somebody/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.
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