verb (used with object)

to make dear, esteemed, or beloved: He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways.
Obsolete. to make costly.

Nearby words

  1. endarteritis,
  2. endarterium,
  3. endaural,
  4. endbrain,
  5. endcap,
  6. endearing,
  7. endearment,
  8. endeavor,
  9. endeavour,
  10. endecott

Origin of endear

First recorded in 1570–80; en-1 + dear1

Related formsun·en·deared, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for endear



(tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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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.

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