endear

[en-deer]
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

unendeared, adjective
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endear (ɪnˈdɪə)
 
vb
(tr) to cause to be beloved or esteemed

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endear
1580s, from en- "make, put in" + dear. Related: Endeared; endearing.
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Example sentences
His views don't endear him widely, but they are worth reading nonetheless.
Unfortunately, that didn't endear them to many of our guests.
His unique appearance and his willingness to appear in unconventional roles are
  the kind of things that endear him to filmmakers.
Contextual witticisms can endear you to the committee if they are followed by
  an honest answer.
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