from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Preterit of become.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of become.

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  • verb Simple past of become.


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  • Maggie was resting her elbow on the table, leaning her head on her hand and looking at Philip with half-penitent dependent affection, as she said this; while he was returning her gaze with an expression that, to her consciousness, gradually became less vague, —became charged with a specific recollection.

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  • Every shadow became something more than a shadow, —became an ambush; every rustle became a threat.

    The Thing in the Forest

  • But the process to extend his term became bogged down in a series of disputes that had raised an outside chance that Mr. Mueller's tenure would be briefly interrupted.

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  • The term became widely known after the film based on the novel was released in 1963, and it quickly became an epithet for rude, self-centered people who roamed the world with utter disregard—even disdain—for other cultures.


  • In 1930, the term became specific, as “a national hook-up” came to denote a radio network.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Using a series of check marks, the label became a marketing device whose chief value was to tell people which potato chips or cookies were less unhealthy than others.

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  • Old-School Cornerbacks Have Taught a New Generation Lester Hayes 37 and Mike Haynes were so-called shutdown cornerbacks for the Raiders in the 1980s, before the term became fashionable.

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  • Sandberg was a Hall of Fame ballplayer with impeccable Cooperstown credentials over 15 Cub seasons, five-tool versatile before the term became fashionable.

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  • The term became so embedded in American culture that to this day your typical

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  • Worlds was, and remains, true "social networking" well before the term became mainstream.


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