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 formsun·en·deared, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for endear

Contemporary Examples of endear

Historical Examples of endear

  • 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



(tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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