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endearing

[en-deer-ing] /ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to make dear or beloved.
2.
manifesting or evoking affection:
an endearing smile.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; endear + -ing2
Related forms
endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb

endear

[en-deer] /ɛnˈdɪər/
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.
Origin
1570-80; en-1 + dear
Related forms
unendeared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for end earing

endear

/ɪnˈdɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
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Word Origin and History for end earing

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.

endearing

adj.

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

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