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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.


Synonymsturn


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!.


Synonymssuit


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify









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