Definition of Become

1. Verb. Enter or assume a certain state or condition. "Water and oil become into the bowl"; "Get going!"

Exact synonyms: Get, Go
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Sober, Sober Up, Sober, Sober Up, Work, Take Effect, Run, Take, Break, Settle
Also: Get Ahead, Get Along, Get On, Get Over



2. Verb. Undergo a change or development. "He turned traitor"
Exact synonyms: Turn
Related verbs: Change State, Turn, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Boil Down, Come Down, Reduce, Choke, Suffocate, Nucleate, Add Up, Amount, Come
Generic synonyms: Metamorphose, Transform, Transmute
Derivative terms: Turn

3. Verb. Come into existence. "What becomes has duration"

4. Verb. Enhance the appearance of. "This behavior doesn't suit you!"
Exact synonyms: Suit
Generic synonyms: Beautify, Embellish, Fancify, Prettify

Definition of Become

1. v. i. 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.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Become

1. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To arrive, come (to a place). (defdate 9th-18th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (context: copulative) To begin to be; to come to be; to turn into. (defdate from 12th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To look attractive on, be suitable for. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Become

1. to come to be [v -CAME, -COMING, -COMES]

Medical Definition of Become

1. 1. 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. "The Lord God . . . Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Gen. Ii. 7) "That error now which is become my crime." (Milton) 2. To come; to get. "But, madam, where is Warwick then become!" (Shak) To become of, to be the present state or place of; to be the fate of; to be the end of; to be the final or subsequent condition of. "What is then become of so huge a multitude?" (Sir W. Raleigh) Origin: OE. Bicumen, becumen, AS. Becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. Bekomen, OHG.a piqueman, Goth. Biquiman to come upon, G. Bekommen to get, suit. See Be-, and Come. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Become

beclothed
beclothes
beclothing
becloud
beclouded
beclouding
becloudings
beclouds
beclout
beclown
beclowned
beclowning
beclowns
beclumpse
becollared
become (current term)
become flat
become of
becomed
becomeness
becomer
becomers
becomes
becometh
becoming
becomingly
becomingness
becomings
becomse
becover

Literary usage of Become

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The after-effects of hypnosis tend to become permanent. There is one group of facts in hypnosis which should perhaps be made the subject of special comments ..."

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