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endear

[en-deer] /ɛnˈdɪər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make dear, esteemed, or beloved:
He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways.
2.
Obsolete. to make costly.
Origin of endear
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; en-1 + dear1
Related forms
unendeared, adjective
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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

endear

/ɪnˈdɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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Word Origin and History for endear
v.

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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