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"become" in British English

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becomeverb

uk   us   /bɪˈkʌm/ (became, become)
  • become verb (BE)

A2 [L] to ​start to be: I was becoming ​increasinglysuspicious of his ​motives. It was becoming ​cold, so we ​lit the ​fire. After giving up ​smoking, he became ​fat and ​irritable. Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first woman ​primeminister in 1979. He has just become a ​father.

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(Definition of become from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"become" in American English

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becomeverb

 us   /bɪˈkʌm/ (past tense became  /bɪˈkeɪm/ , past participle become)
  • 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 ​lookattractive, or to be ​suitable for someone: That ​color really becomes you.
(Definition of become from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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