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”
    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
  3. verb
    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
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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”
    synonyms: suit
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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
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