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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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. A major English daily newspaper in Karachi called him ''a wordsmith par excellence''.
"You just become fond of them. I've even started painting them different colours." But while she is an adventurous cook, Oriole is reluctant to try eating other garden pests.
Almost everyone is playing with blobs, Foster, for instance, seems to have become fond of them of late in buildings like the recent Gateshead music centre, and even the Swiss Re (Gherkin) tower (AR November 2003).
"I bred this horse with my father James and especially when you've bred them you become fond of them and worry about them.
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