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become

verb uk   /bɪˈkʌm/ (became, become) us  

become verb (BE)

A2 [L] to start to be: I was becoming increasingly suspicious 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 prime minister in 1979. He has just become a father.
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become verb (SUIT)

[T] old-fashioned to cause someone to look attractive, or to be suitable for someone: That colour really becomes you.
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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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