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."

Primary Meanings of become

1.
v
come into existence
2.
v
enhance the appearance of
Full Definitions of become
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v 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

v undergo a change or development

“Her former friend became her worst enemy”
Synonyms:
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

v enter or assume a certain state or condition

“He became annoyed when he heard the bad news”
Synonyms:
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
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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v enhance the appearance of

“Mourning becomes Electra”
Synonyms:
suit
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

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