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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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  • You know how Evelyn is endeared to me by certain recollections!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was endeared to Laura by the memory of a happy childhood.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • He had a keen sense of humour, which, without doubt, endeared him to Erasmus.

  • The house is gone, but it is endeared to me by a very p. 10strange memory.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • It was the odd way he did it which endeared him to us, as if apologizing for the kindness.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Suddenly the possession of Llanfeare was endeared to him by a thousand charms.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for endeared


(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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Word Origin and History for endeared



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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