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

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for endeared


  1. (tr) 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.

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