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become

verb  /bɪˈkʌm/ ( past tense became  /bɪˈkeɪm/, past participle become) us  

become verb (BE)

[L] to start to be: He became a US citizen in 1955. The days are becoming shorter. It’s becoming obvious that Dorothy doesn’t like me.

become verb (SUIT)

[T] to cause someone to look attractive, or to be suitable for someone: That color really becomes you.
Translations of “become”
in Spanish volverse, ponerse, convertirse…
in Arabic يُصْبِح…
in Korean -가 되다…
in Portuguese tornar-se, vir a ser…
in French devenir, advenir de, bien aller à…
in German werden, werden aus, stehen…
in Catalan convertir-se en…
in Japanese ~になる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 成为, 变成,成为,变得…
in Chinese (Traditional) 成為, 變成,成為,變得…
in Italian diventare…
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