Chapter 17: Verbs of change

  17.6 hacerse

Hacerse means that the subject is actively making itself into something. The change hacerse is describing is related to persons, who change themselves into something consciously and actively. The change described is usually slow and it is not definite, it is reversable.

Se hizo ingeniero.= He became an engineer.
Se hizo un actor muy famoso.= He became a very famous actor.
Se fueron a Italia y se hicieron ricos.= They went to Italy and became rich.
Se hizo una persona famosa.= He made himself into a famous person.
Se hizo célebre.= He became a celebrity.