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English verb: become

1. become (change) enter or assume a certain state or condition

SamplesHe 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!.

ExamplesJohn will become angry

Synonymsget, go

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)break, run, settle, sober, sober, sober up, sober up, take, take effect, work

2. become (stative) undergo a change or development

SamplesThe water turned into ice.
Her former friend became her worst enemy.
He turned traitor.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)metamorphose, transform, transmute

Narrower (hyponym)add up, amount, boil down, choke, come, come down, nucleate, reduce, suffocate

Verb groupchange state, turn, turn

3. become (stative) come into existence

SamplesWhat becomes has duration.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Narrower (hyponym)arise, arise, bob up, come, come up, develop, form, grow, make, occur, originate, rise, root, spring, spring up, take form, take shape, uprise

4. become (stative) enhance the appearance of

SamplesMourning becomes Electra.
This behavior doesn't suit you!.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

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