What does "ceased to become" mean?
"Ceased to become" simply means that's something stops being a certain way. It is the progressive form of the more common phrase "ceased to be". Which means to die, expire, or no longer exist, when used without a qualifying verb, noun, or adjective; otherwise, "cease" refers to that verb or noun. Ex: I cease to be entertained. Ex: Many of the small businesses in the mall simply ceased to be because of the lack of customers. Ex: Without her love, I feel that I would cease to be!
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