March 2, 2015 - Word of the Day
To become something or someone is to change. This word is often used for situations:
- We all became hungry after a two-hour hike through the woods.
- The weather is becoming warmer now that it's March.
- Jill says she's becoming sick. She's been sneezing a lot lately.
- Once it becomes warm enough, we can plant some potatoes in the garden.
- Traffic in this area is becoming a problem.
- It's becoming clear to everyone that this is a problem.
- Their business has finally become profitable.
The word "become" is often used as a person grows and matures:
- Sheila wants to become a doctor.
- Becoming a doctor is important to her.
- Bob is taking acting lessons in order to become an actor.
- Becoming a parent is a big change in a person's life.
- Tony and Linda became parents last year.
- When they found out they were going to become parents, they were a little nervous.
He became a doctor.
The word "become" is also used to express attractiveness or beauty:
- The dress becomes her. (She looks good in the dress.)
- Her smile is quite becoming. (This sentence uses "becoming" as an adjective.)
- His behavior at the party was quite unbecoming for a person in his position. (unbecoming = not becoming; not appropriate)
- It's unbecoming for a person in a business environment to use foul language.
- His conduct was unbecoming on an officer. (This statement is commonly used when describing the behavior of high-ranking member of the military.)
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