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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
become
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an act becomes law
▪ In the 40 years since the Abortion Act became law there have been repeated attempts to amend or repeal it.
be made/become manifest (=be clearly shown)
▪ Their devotion to God is made manifest in ritual prayer.
be/become a thing of the past (=not exist any more, or stop existing)
▪ We hope that smoking will become a thing of the past.
be/become an embarrassment
▪ Your behaviour is becoming an embarrassment to the school.
be/become aware of sb's presence
▪ It was only when I coughed that he became aware of my presence.
be/become the norm
▪ Short term contracts are now the norm with some big companies.
be/become/get paranoid
▪ Malcolm got really paranoid, deciding that there was a conspiracy out to get him.
be/become/prove an attraction
▪ The organisers hope the event will become an annual attraction.
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.
became...disillusioned
▪ As she grew older, Laura became increasingly disillusioned with politics.
became...withdrawn
▪ After his wife’s death he became more and more withdrawn.
become a cliché
▪ It has become a cliché to say that Prague is the most beautiful city in Europe.
become a hero
▪ He became a national hero for his part in the war.
become a member
▪ Germany became a member of N.A.T.O. in 1954.
become a reality (=really happen, after being hoped for, feared, etc by someone)
▪ Last June, her longed-for baby finally became a reality.
become a way of life
▪ For Mark, travelling has become a way of life.
become an obsession
▪ For Rosie, losing weight had become an obsession.
become available
▪ Luckily a house soon became available for us.
become champion
▪ Every sportsperson dreams of becoming a world champion.
become cold (also get coldinformal)
▪ In my country, it never really gets cold.
become committed
▪ They became committed Christians.
become entangled
▪ I didn’t want to become entangled with my best friend’s wife.
become extinct
▪ Pandas could become extinct in the wild.
become friends
▪ Liz and Vanessa soon became friends.
become ill (also get illinformal)
▪ She became ill after eating oysters.
become illegal
▪ The drug did not become illegal until the 1970s.
become impossible
▪ As it became darker, it became impossible for the players to see the ball.
become king
▪ Prince Charles will become king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, dies.
become law (=officially be made a law)
▪ For a bill to become law, it must be approved by both Houses of Parliament.
become legend/pass into legend
▪ The incident became legend.
become obvious
▪ It soon became obvious that the boy was not really interested.
become operative
▪ the steps to be taken before the scheme can become operative
become organic (=use only organic methods to farm)
▪ More farms are becoming organic, but it is not always an easy choice.
become pregnant
▪ Sally became pregnant, and gave birth to a baby son.
become queen
▪ Mary Tudor became queen in 1553.
become rich
▪ Over the years, he became enormously rich.
become the basis of/for sth
▪ Some of these ideas became the basis for the Parents’ Educational Union.
become the focus
▪ When you give a talk you become the focus of attention.
become/get vested (in sth)
▪ He only took the job to get vested in the pension fund.
become/grow impatient (with sb/sth)
▪ We are growing impatient with the lack of results.
become/grow/get accustomed to sth
▪ Her eyes quickly became accustomed to the dark.
become/grow/get restless
▪ The children had been indoors all day, and were getting restless.
become/turn into a nightmare
▪ Their honeymoon turned into a nightmare when they were involved in a car accident.
becoming an uncle (=your sister or your brother’s wife has a child)
▪ I was very excited about becoming an uncle.
becoming...vegetarian
▪ I’m thinking about becoming a vegetarian.
fast becoming/disappearing/approaching etc
▪ Access to the Internet is fast becoming a necessity.
get into an argument/become involved in an argument
▪ She didn’t want to get into another argument about money.
▪ I left to avoid becoming involved in an argument.
get/become depressed
▪ If you get depressed, talk to someone about it.
get/become embarrassed
▪ Sometimes I get embarrassed, and I start to stutter.
get/become emotional
▪ He became very emotional when we had to leave.
get/become frantic
▪ There was still no news of Jill, and her parents were getting frantic.
get/become nervous
▪ Everyone gets nervous before a big game.
get/become worried
▪ You should have called me. I was getting worried.
get/become/grow worse
▪ The recession was getting worse.
get/grow/become maudlin
▪ Sir Ralph was becoming maudlin after his third glass of claret.
sth becomes a habit
▪ Once you you have been driving for a few weeks, it becomes a habit.
tempers get/become frayedBritish English (= people become annoyed)
▪ People were pushing each other, and tempers were becoming frayed.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
increasingly
▪ It is typical of the farmland which will increasingly become redundant.
▪ As a result, tans made in the shade are becoming increasingly popular with those wanting to practice safe sun.
▪ It may become increasingly necessary to avoid contact with certain people as much as possible.
▪ Over the next forty days, the liturgies would become increasingly meditative.
▪ The use of corpora is becoming increasingly important in the production of dictionaries.
▪ As the war progressed the two combatants became increasingly receptive to representations from non-involved powers.
▪ Their bowed shape can be justified on the assumption that both inflation and unemployment become increasingly unpopular the higher they are.
▪ The Left became increasingly middle-class and this reinforced the already strong opposition to it among trade union officials.
less
▪ Moreover, as a worker gets older, overtime, shift work and so on become less and less a physical possibility.
▪ Her letters to Jacqueline, too, became less frequent.
▪ Drew became less punctual, he muffed his lines, and was often replaced by an understudy.
▪ As the outgunned enemy tried to fire back, our fire became less random.
▪ As agricultural specialization increased and farmers became less self-sufficient they, too, had consumer needs to be catered for.
▪ In addition, you become less sensitive to light and sound and are therefore difficult to awaken.
▪ In the later years, teaching generally becomes less formal.
▪ The same gradual process will be needed to help a child become less aggressive.
more
▪ During recent years, librarians have become more aware of the need to evaluate programmes of library instruction.
▪ I see three important constituent elements of the digital realm becoming more evident every day: malleability, anonymity and connectivity.
▪ Sharp's graphics became more lurid.
▪ Production becomes more important to the leader as his or her rating advances on the horizontal scale.
▪ The riding became more regular and I wanted to ride more often than I could.
▪ Over time Miles's maps have become more accurate, in part because of his earlier efforts.
▪ These systems are going to become more and more simple, to accomplish more and more complex tasks.
▪ Anthropologists have also noted that the intensity of parental interaction with children increases as societies become more complex.
so
▪ I had become so interested in a nice neat pattern that I hadn't checked if I had found all the shapes.
▪ Who immediately became so righteously pissed that one of them quit and the other demanded a raise.
▪ The first company to market them in tomato sauce became so favoured as to make the others almost unsaleable.
▪ Life has become so dreary and exhausting.
▪ His neck and shoulders gradually became so stiff that he had to turn in one piece from the waist up.
▪ I even became so desperate that I thought of returning to corporate life.
▪ But the winds became so fierce that the whole forest shook.
▪ The ogre became so wealthy by being a great landowner; people had to pay tribute to him to get any-thing.
soon
▪ Great plans are afoot to ban smoking in public places, resulting in smokers soon becoming complete outcasts in society.
▪ Dozens, however, soon became effective leaders in the struggle to desegregate the Boston schools.
▪ It was published on 22 July, and it soon became clear that the schools were not interested.
▪ However, if functionally one is considered an unequal, ontology soon becomes irrelevant.
▪ With migraines results often take longer, but the attacks soon become less frequent and their intensity decreases.
▪ Without new drugs, Vitor and other patients may soon become untreatable.
▪ Such systems could operate at lower cost than current methods and may soon become commercialized.
too
▪ The team would do what the individual could no longer do because the organisation was becoming too large and/or complex.
▪ With a longer life span, a lot of people are just becoming too frail to take care of themselves.
▪ Mama had stopped using the notebook when she'd become too ill for them to have any more happy times together.
▪ Its peeling paint and broken windows stand testimony that it went out of business because it had become too costly to maintain.
▪ The calves grow quickly and can be taken to substantial weights without becoming too fat, providing prime beef.
▪ She had not allowed herself to become too attached to the child.
▪ It was only decisively ended by the Revolution of 1688, Muddiman having become too closely associated with the fallen regime.
▪ Once again, Williams tried to play through the pain, but after a while, it became too much to bear.
very
▪ First, any distinction between party officials and state officials becomes very blurred.
▪ It became very popular with the men of our company.
▪ They became very good friends indeed, which, naturally, did not please Lord Burlesdon.
▪ When epileptic areas are close to language areas-and often they are-it becomes very important to map language abilities before removing anything.
▪ The justification for this chapter now becomes very clear.
▪ The Golden Globes have become very prominent.
▪ Such places have become very popular growth points for industries which cluster together at them.
▪ How clear is the link between performance results and the capabilities the organization must become very good at?
■ NOUN
focus
▪ Children's behaviour problems become a focus of concern when the child is behaving inappropriately or excessively for their age.
▪ As geology has become the focus of more attention, it has aroused the curiosity of young people about nature in general.
▪ This is because health and the quality and availability of health care often become the focus of community struggle.
▪ I made two more visits to Knowlton, and it has now become a focus for my own particular pilgrimage.
▪ The part of the wood where we were had become the focus to which all the firing converged.
▪ Mrs Chan, who epitomises the tradition, became a focus for his frustrations.
▪ The fate of the bears has become the focus for battles between conservationists and developers.
member
▪ Buyers would become members in the same way, and with similar rights.
▪ For example, he could become a member of a team, or a technical advisor available to all teams.
▪ By 1652 he had become a member of a syndicate engaged in victualling the navy.
▪ Her prayers and heroic patience caused the conversion of her husband, who became a member of the Franciscan Third Order.
▪ Indeed, our self-identity as a nation is integrally related to our response to those who seek to become members.
reality
▪ During the next couple of years, however, this dream may have a chance of becoming a reality.
▪ The hype became reality when Gretzky skated to the center circle to face off with Trevor Linden.
▪ What a shame it must one day become reality - it will never match these views for charm and elegance.
▪ More than 100 years ago, Jules Verne was writing about them, but now they are becoming a reality.
▪ Hope had betrayed her into thinking dreams could become reality.
▪ Whatever the reason, his perception became reality.
▪ We shall have to see if one of the more interesting measures in the Budget ever becomes reality.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be/become a victim of its own success
▪ The helpline is a victim of its own success with so many people calling that no one can get through.
▪ Moreover, to a great extent the health service is a victim of its own success.
be/become attuned to sth
▪ And so maybe then, gradually at first, Kathy became attuned to a curious new odor in the air.
▪ But we try to be attuned to modern artifacts and what active players are doing, too.
▪ Having become attuned to them, I now hear them everywhere, every day.
▪ I became attuned to the high-toned squeaking of shrews, which appeared to be engaged in conflict.
be/become habituated to (doing) sth
▪ Some patients with severe headache problems become habituated to ergotamines and other non-narcotic drugs.
▪ Un-learning is more difficult than learning - because we become habituated to thinking or feeling in certain ways over time.
be/become part of the furniture
be/become second nature (to sb)
▪ Typing becomes second nature after a while.
▪ But the main reason for my silence was that secrecy and deception had by then become second nature to me.
▪ By the time you die, you should be so used to paying taxes that it would almost be second nature anyway.
▪ Gradually those qualities become second nature.
▪ If one is well grounded in youth, the object of love and sound toilet training, these things become second nature.
▪ Management by objective was becoming second nature in the West Wing.
▪ Pay close attention to the sweep pattern and strokes, and this will eventually become second nature.
▪ Practice breathing in this way for twenty minutes each day until it becomes second nature.
▪ The strange and difficult was becoming second nature in the way that it had when I'd learned to fly.
be/become/be declared persona non grata
become hardened (to sth)
▪ He did not become hardened or accustomed.
▪ Many people become human relations victims over and over again without becoming hardened, insensitive or recluses.
▪ Once a happy, handsome country boy, Inman has become hardened, cynical, burned out.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After a while my eyes became accustomed to the dark.
▪ After the death of her father, she became the richest woman in the world.
▪ Baker became head coach.
▪ Bradley went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
▪ Even when I was a kid, I wanted to become a psychologist.
▪ Every time you open the newspaper these days someone else has just become a millionaire.
▪ I don't think that outfit really becomes you, Sheryl.
▪ It is becoming harder to find decent housing in the city.
▪ It soon became clear that the fire was out of control.
▪ Julian's book was a big success and he quickly became rich and famous.
▪ Mobile phones have now become fashion accessories for schoolkids and teenagers.
▪ My friend Kyle stayed with the company and became a departmental manager.
▪ She started to become anxious about her son.
▪ Since winning all that money he's become a very unpleasant person.
▪ Slowly she became aware that there was someone else in the room.
▪ The weather is becoming warmer.
▪ These kinds of partnerships are becoming more common.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ By this time he had become an enduring institution.
▪ Many people, who had once been middle-class, who had once had dignity, became irrational.
▪ Somehow they manage to become smaller than life.
▪ Swindon became the end of the line for east bound Inter City trains.
▪ The main point is that the clash procedure becomes an end in itself.
▪ Their world became a blinding wall of white, howling towards them, too fast for thought or action.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Become

Become \Be*come"\, 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.

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.

Become

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.
    --Milton.

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

    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.

Become

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.
    --Milton.

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

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
become

Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from Proto-Germanic *bikweman "become" (cognates: Dutch bekomen, Old High German biqueman "obtain," German bekommen, Gothic biquiman). A compound of be- and come; it drove out Old English weorðan. Meaning "to look well" is early 14c., from earlier sense of "to agree with, be fitting" (early 13c.).

Wiktionary
become

vb. (context intransitive obsolete English) To arrive, come (to a place). (9th-18thc.)

WordNet
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]

Wikipedia
Become (album)

Become is the first studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder. It consists of nine tracks; however, the ninth track is unlisted and untitled.

Usage examples of "become".

In their aberration they believed it was worth their while to break all the barriers of perception, even if they had to become trees to do that.

The conflict, grown beyond the scope of original plans, had become nothing less than a fratricidal war between the young king and the Count of Poitou for the succession to the Angevin empire, a ghastly struggle in which Henry was obliged to take a living share, abetting first one and then the other of his furious sons.

Foreign intervention, openly invited and industriously instigated by the abettors of the insurrection, became imminent, and has only been prevented by the practice of strict and impartial justice, with the most perfect moderation, in our intercourse with nations.

After seeing Abie Singleton at the club last night, he suspected sleep was to become but a bitter memory.

If he was gravely suspected, and refused to appear when he was summoned to answer for his faith, and was therefore excommunicated and had endured that excommunication obstinately for a year, but becomes penitent, let him be admitted, and abjure all heresy, in the manner explained in the sixth method of pronouncing sentence.

His sight, which had troubled him at intervals, became affected, and a celebrated oculist spoke of abnormality, asymetry of the pupils.

When this happens, water is not properly reabsorbed in the kidney tubules and urination becomes abnormally copious.

Malink remained chief for many years, and when he became too old to carry the responsibilitysince he had no sonshe appointed Abo his successor.

As to them of the Dry Tree, though some few of them abode in the kingdom, and became great there, the more part of them went back to the wildwood and lived the old life of the Wood, as we had found them living it aforetime.

The snowflakes had become fine and dry, almost like bits of ice, and they seemed to be abrading the world, smoothing it the way that sandpaper smoothed wood, until eventually there would be no peaks and valleys, nothing but a featureless, highly polished plain as far as anyone could see.

This dictum became, two years later, accepted doctrine when the Court invalidated a State law on the ground that it abridged freedom of speech contrary to the due process clause of Amendment XIV.

That determination had become an obsession now, which he recognized for what it was-the sole reason for his survival and for his recently taken decision firstly to be accepted as a reformed and model prisoner at Port Arthur and secondly to abscond therefrom.

At night he has my watch, passport, and half my money, and I often wonder what would become of me if he absconded before morning.

Idea to hearth and home, it would become a new thing, for it would cease to be the thing apart, the ground of all else, the receptacle of absolutely any and every form.

And the Church became absolutely apoplectic if anybody expressed a causal-level intuition of supreme identity with Godheadthe Inquisition would burn Giordano Bruno at the stake and condemn the theses of Meister Eckhart on such grounds.