become Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb enter or assume a certain state or condition
- He became annoyed when he heard the bad news
- It must be getting more serious
- her face went red with anger
- She went into ecstasy
- Get going!
verb undergo a change or development
- The water turned into ice
- Her former friend became her worst enemy
- He turned traitor
verb come into existence
- What becomes has duration
verb enhance the appearance of
- Mourning becomes Electra
- This behavior doesn't suit you!
Be*come" intransitive verb
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.
To come; to get.Obs.
But, madam, where is Warwick then become! Shak.
What is then become of so huge a multitude? Sir W. Raleigh.
Be*come" transitive verb
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.
It becomes me so to speak of so excellent a poet. Dryden.
I have known persons so anxious to have their dress become them, as to convert it, at length, into their proper self, and thus actually to become the dress. Coleridge.