Meaning of BECOME in English




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.


As she grew older, Laura became increasingly disillusioned with politics.


After his wife’s death he became more and more withdrawn .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 cold informal )

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 ill informal )

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 .


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 frayed British English (= people become annoyed )

People were pushing each other, and tempers were becoming frayed.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?



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.


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 .


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 .


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.


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.


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.

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