tending to make dear or beloved.
manifesting or evoking affection: an endearing smile.

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



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
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Related Words for endearing

charming, captivating, winning, adorable, dear, irresistible, sweet

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



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

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



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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