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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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  • Capt. Wanton, is this your plot to endear your husband to you?

  • But it is not altogether courage and daring that endear him to our hearts.

  • She knew that the parson had again done something that was sure to endear him to the Passonians in general.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • All this, of course, could not serve to endear him to the girls.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • There was not much besides its beauty to endear it to him, for his life was a long struggle there with adverse conditions.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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