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[en-deer] /ɛnˈdɪər/
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
1570-80; en-1 + dear1
Related forms
unendeared, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Neither is likely to endear him to the high command.
  • What intense compositorial needs to amuse and endear.
  • The million euros he spent fortifying his villa did not endear him to taxpayers.
  • His unabashed expression of emotion and quirky sense of humor endear him to teachers, therapists and relatives.
  • Such painful observations did not endear him to the governments of the subcontinent.
  • It goes without saying, perhaps, that the film will not endear itself to the pro-conservation contingent.
British Dictionary definitions for endear


(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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