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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
became aware
▪ Bill became aware that he was still holding his glass.
became dominant
▪ Japan became dominant in the mass market during the 1980s.
became evident
▪ It soon became evident that she was seriously ill.
became independent
▪ India became independent in 1947.
became obsolete
▪ computer hardware that quickly became obsolete
became operational
▪ The new system became operational in March.
became politicised
▪ He became politicised during his years in prison.
▪ As she grew older, Laura became increasingly disillusioned with politics.
▪ After his wife’s death he became more and more withdrawn.
what became of ...?/whatever will become of ...?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Became \Be*came"\, imp. of Become. [1913 Webster] ||


Become \Be*come"\, v. i. [imp. Became; p. p. Become; p. pr. & vb. n. Becoming.] [OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piqu["e]man, Goth. biquiman to come upon, G. bekommen to get, suit. See Be-, and Come.]

  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.

  2. To come; to get. [Obs.]

    But, madam, where is Warwick then become!

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense of become (q.v.).


vb. (en-simple past of: become)

  1. v. 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!" [syn: go, get]

  2. undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor" [syn: turn]

  3. come into existence; "What becomes has duration"

  4. enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This behavior doesn't suit you!" [syn: suit]

  5. [also: became]


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Usage examples of "became".

  Much chastened, she turned t' the stage and became a character actress, appearing in the first successful summer music circus in Lambertsville, New Jersey.

I gradually became aware of an unfailing order in the procedure of my dreams.

The room became still, broken only by the breathing of the patient, until the sneer left Gleto's face and he began to shift his bulk restlessly.

The man's body became rigid with muscular tension, quivered as if trying to release itself from the grip of the drug and finally relaxed.

They had been talking solemnly and their voices died as first one, then another man became aware of my presence on the balcony.

However, it became necessary late that night to bring Gorlot from his prison and show him to the frenzied mobs before they could be made to disperse.

I was deeply grateful to her and she became very helpful in dissuading importunate suitors who tried to enter my room.

Frightened, I lay still until the mounds of shadow became distinguishable as Fara, Linnana and two empty beds.

The metal of the Mil ships became a conductor and the Mil were electrocuted.

Jokan took to shouting for me if he could not come to us and I became a liaison between Jokan and Ferrill.

Todd became an unmanageable tangle of arms and legs, flailing in all directions, determinedly trying to free himself from his parent's grasp.

Tonight," and his voice became businesslike, "you must return after the evening meal to help bed the stock down.

Gradually he became aware of the unusual silence at a time when Pat should be bustling about.

As it became obvious to the other Hrrubans that the Terrans were acting with great candor and understanding compared with the fierce suspicions and covert aggressiveness constantly underlying Third's objections, Third began to lose control of his supporters.

Ken became aware now of the increased noise and activity on the Common.