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endearing

[en-deer-ing]
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adjective
  1. tending to make dear or beloved.
  2. manifesting or evoking affection: an endearing smile.
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Origin of endearing

First recorded in 1615–25; endear + -ing2
Related formsen·dear·ing·ly, adverbself-en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing, adjectiveun·en·dear·ing·ly, adverb

endear

[en-deer]
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.
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Origin of endear

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + dear1
Related formsun·en·deared, adjective
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endearing

adjective
  1. giving rise to love or esteem; charming
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Derived Formsendearingly, adverb

endear

verb
  1. (tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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Word Origin and History for endearing

adj.

1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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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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