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[en-deer] /ɛnˈdɪər/
verb (used with object)
to make dear, esteemed, or beloved:
He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways.
Obsolete. to make costly.
Origin of endear
First recorded in 1570-80; en-1 + dear1
Related forms
unendeared, adjective Unabridged
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  • But that is one of the attributes of Mr. Gladstone which endear him so much to his party.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • But it is not altogether courage and daring that endear him to our hearts.

  • These two deficiencies, if deficiencies they be, only endear him the more to us.

  • Death itself did not suffice to endear Fred Rider to his brother.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Moreover, his supercilious manners had not helped to endear him since his arrival.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for endear


(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for endear

1580s, "to enhance the value of," also "win the affection of," from en- (1) "make, put in" + dear (adj.). Meaning "to make dear" is from 1640s. Related: Endeared; endearing.

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