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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Romanian Ana Maria Zarnescu, 64, said: "Europe is adopting us like poor relatives or orphans, but I hope they will become fond of us because we are hard working and inventive.