• Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
    Cyclist whose tyre has become deflated
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v become 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!"
    • v become come into existence "What becomes has duration"
    • v become undergo a change or development "The water turned into ice","Her former friend became her worst enemy","He turned traitor"
    • v become enhance the appearance of "Mourning becomes Electra","This behavior doesn't suit you!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hannibal requesting the Cretan Priests to become his Bankers Hannibal requesting the Cretan Priests to become his Bankers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed
    • Become To come; to get. "But, madam, where is Warwick then become !""What is then become of so huge a multitude?"
    • Become 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.""That error now which is become my crime."
    • v. t Become 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Octopi change colours when they become frightened. Normally they are a brownish colour, but can change to green or blue when fear sets in
    • become To come; arrive; betake one's self; go.
    • become To come about; come into being; pass from non-existence; arise.
    • become To change or pass from one state of existence to another; come to be something different; come or grow to be: as, the boy rapidly becomes the man.
    • become To be fit or proper; be decorous or praiseworthy.
    • become To be the fate of; be the end of; be the final or subsequent condition: after what: as, what will become of our commerce? what will become of us? It applies to place as well as condition: What has become of my friend? that is, where is he? as well as, what is his condition?
    • become To suit or be suitable to; be congruous with; befit; accord with in character or circumstances; be worthy of or proper to: rarely said of persons.
    • become To befit in appearance; suit esthetically; grace or adorn.
    • become [Formerly becomed was sometimes used as the past participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A language becomes extinct in this world every two weeks
    • v.i Become be-kum′ to pass from one state to another: to come to be: to be the fate or end of (followed by of)
    • v.t Become to suit or befit, to grace or adorn fittingly (with dat. object):—pa.t. becāme′; pa.p. become′
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.”
  • Prue Leith
    Prue Leith
    “When you get to fifty-two food becomes more important than sex.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “I have found it to be true that the older I've become the better my life has become.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “It takes a long time to become young.”
  • Abraham Sutzkever
    Abraham Sutzkever
    “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becuman, to come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piquëman, Goth. biquiman, to come upon, G. bekommen, to get, suit. See Be-, and Come


In literature:

Here too the Chactaw Principle will be subordinated; the Man Principle will, by degrees, become superior, become supreme.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Weak states (images) become strong; strong states (perceptions) become weak.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
So ideals become realities, and thoughts become seeds that multiply.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The prevailing color is white, but in age the scales become cream color or buff (in European plants said to become fuscous).
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The ether, then, becomes colder as it boils?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Since men have become civilized and their needs have become so many, Nature's arrangements have been seriously disturbed.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
What would become of this young man, and what would become of the old bell?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Week after week they become less and less attached to him, and he, in turn, becomes less interested in them.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
They had become lukewarm and worldly.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is becoming clear-cut and decisive.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The leg fails to grow, the deformity becomes more pronounced, and the toes become pointed.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Thus all Christians become priests, children of God and co-heirs with Christ the Most High Priest.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Can sociology become positive without becoming experimental?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He would have been clever, and capable of becoming a gentleman.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
This is a habit that easily becomes tiresome.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Take some good sweet wort before it is hopped, put it into a jar, and a little yeast when it becomes lukewarm, and cover it over.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The pileus is at first convex and umbonate and as the plant advances in age the margin becomes elevated until the plant becomes funnel-shaped.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
What becomes of the great mass of them?
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Emancipate a serf and he becomes insolent, he does not know how to use his freedom, and becomes violent.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Hauff needs only to be known to become popular in any country.
"Tales from the German" by Various

In poetry:

Clouds weaken
& die.
The sun, an orange skull,
whispers quietly, becomes an
island, & is gone.
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
Many a mind is ruined
And becomes chaotic mass,
Through want of systematic
Training in the class.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
It murmurs, it sparkles,
The fount of delight;
The bosom grows tranquil—
The eye becomes bright.
"Dithyramb" by Friedrich von Schiller
Riper, and riper now,
Each hour let me become;
More fit to serve below;
More meet for heaven my home.
"I Said, My God, At Length" by Horatius Bonar
Thin cloud. Light rain.
Far cell. Closed to noon.
Sit. Look. Green moss
Becomes one with your clothes.
"Meditation" by Wang Wei
In all that becomes a woman
Her words and her ways are beautiful:
Love's lovely duty,
the well-swept room.
"Poem in Prose" by Archibald MacLeish

In news:

When possessions become obsessions and a house reeks like a city dump, hoarding behavior becomes fodder for television.
Become "amazed by the chance to become Olympian" at the Chicago Velo Campus Sharon Lurye Sep 5, 2012.
The company, which is becoming famous for producing value-priced vehicles that seem a lot more expensive than they are, has become so good at it, that its spokespeople are inviting comparisons to luxury brands.
Drought situations where plants become dead or dormant, the carotene content becomes practically devoid.
In casual speech, it's common to neutralize the vowels in unstressed syllables, so that "benefit" becomes "ben-uh-fit" and "integrity" becomes "in-teg-ruh-ty".
As October becomes November, snow in the forecast becomes much more typical and the impulse to go outside becomes much less frequent.
With indoor activities like video games and computer programs becoming increasingly popular, childhood obesity and diabetes has become a problem.
"OLED still has a long way to go to become a mainstream display, as it has to become bigger and improve picture quality," said Chung Won-seok, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities.
Augustus Tolton, a former slave and considered the first African American to become a Roman Catholic priest, is now on the path to becoming the first African American to be canonized, almost 114 years after his death.
It's hard to pinpoint the moment that songs are born, the day casual hummers become singers or scribblers become songwriters.
Not only are librarians becoming carnies, they're also becoming beggars, even at the ALA. Is this a small anomaly, or a glimpse of the future.
It's embarrassing, creates a lot of anxiety and fear, often people become home bound or at a minimum their activities become controlled by their bowels .
(Immigration had become such a combustible issue that, soon after becoming prime minister, Brown endorsed " British jobs for British workers"—a sentiment that is not only racist, but illegal under EU law.
Many bands have become comic books — I'm looking at you, KISS — but few comic books become bands.
The Journal has a good, creepy story on how the chemical companies are planning to take advantage of blowback from Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, which has become dominant and which "superweeds" are increasingly becoming resistant to.

In science:

With increasing of Ω0 the depths of the minima at first become equal (when Ω0 has a characteristic value Ω0b ) and then the minima at δ⋆ = 0 becomes a global one.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
However, a more sensitive test is to plot E (0)/E (t) versus t, and test whether the curves for different values of the restitution coefficient r become linear in t, and tend to coincide for large times, i.e. become independent of r.
Asymptotic Energy Decay in Inelastic Fluids
In more than two dimensions, a good conductor becomes an insulator when the disorder becomes sufficiently strong.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This process becomes prohibitively expensive as n becomes very large.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
This dead time becomes relatively short when ∆E and γ becomes small.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
This quantity becomes additive on the time scales exceeding τ0 , which means that the dynamics becomes Markovian.
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
Notice that these scaling forms imply that the distributions of the couplings become infinitely broad as Ω → 0; thus, the RG becomes asymptotically exact at low-energies and, in particular, predicts the ground state properties and low-temperature thermodynamics correctly.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The exceptional divisors E and Ei become (0, 1) curves and the (0, 1) vertical curve that contains Pi becomes an exceptional divisor in a new configuration C .
Rational polynomials of simple type
At very low temperatures, though, calculating the fluid branch of the equation of state becomes quite a difficult task, because equilibration times become increasingly longer.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
For a maximally entangled quantum channel the proposed conclusive teleportation becomes the standard teleportation as the joint measurement performed at the sending station becomes the orthogonal measurement.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
On the other hand, if ν becomes larger, the difference between LD and LD0 becomes larger.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
In the limit where the tubes become very small, their effect on the classical dynamics of the multiple membrane configuration becomes negligible, and we effectively have a system of multiple independent membranes moving in the target space.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
As the string coupling becomes small g → 0, the coefficient of the term [X a , X b ]2 in the Hamiltonian becomes very large.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
As the coupling becomes very small, the theory therefore essentially becomes a sigma model on (R8 )N /SN .
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
But for GC conditions very large magnetic moments are required to become a Georotator, because in dense ISM (n ∼ 100 cm−3 ) among low velocity isolated NSs, which can stay in the GC, only most magnetized ob jects can become Georotators instead of becoming Propellers (and then — Accretors).
Evolution of isolated neutron stars in globular clusters: number of Accretors