become fond of (someone or something)

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become fond of (someone or something)

To begin to have an affinity for someone or something. Mike used to really annoy me, but I've become fond of him over the years. Don't worry, your kids will become fond of sleep as they get older, and then you won't be able to get them out of bed before 1 PM. Summer used to be my favorite season, but I've become fond of fall, what with its gorgeous foliage.
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References in classic literature ?
But the humble village teacher was timid of venturing into the noisy world, and had become fond of his dwelling in the old churchyard.
'Unfortunately provincial leadership have become fond of condemning terrorist attacks but on ground they foiled in eliminating terrorism from Balochistan.' Hafiz Hussain Ahmed added.
Everyone's also become fond of narrative, or narrative arc.
'NAB has become fond of submitting its replies in the cases in three to four months,' remarked Justice Aamir Farooq.
As AW had already become fond of SL, his request was hard to turn down.
I have watched several of these players come up through junior high and have become fond of the team.
The Chinese middle class has reportedly become fond of the Cyprus cheese.
Abu Fadlo, who has become fond of Handoumi, asks for her hand.
There would be hardly any writer in the world whom he hadn't read or not known about." He articulated that humour stemmed from human weaknesses; however, Yousufi's characters made the reader laugh at them as well as become fond of them.
My teacher mate Ryan says he's become fond of a certain word now because it occasionally helps him, a rather staid person, tell a joke and have people think he's just a tad funny.
We'd even become fond of CBeebies favourite Bing, and Pete and I even discussed it while Luke was not around.
Bahrainis love Bahrain and foreigners who live here become fond of Bahrain and like Bahrainis, he said.
Sonia had become fond of the old lady who'd started coming into the Southend cafe every day for cake and coffee after her husband went into a nursing home.