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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
1570-1580
1570-80; en-1 + dear
Related forms
unendeared, adjective
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  • And the outsiders' eccentricities haven't exactly endeared them to the locals.
  • But it has not endeared them to the general electorate.
  • By all accounts, this sort of thing has endeared him to the president.
  • Much as that endeared him to the platoon, it was sometimes unwise.
  • He said yes, which didn't seem to go over with the audience but endeared him to sane people everywhere else.
  • Full of vitality, he possessed a winning sense of humor and warmth that endeared him to all.
  • And if it was finally the book's whimsical side that endeared it to so many readers, the movie is missing none of that charm.
  • His style endeared him to both visiting luminaries and local musicians.
  • His spirit and initiative have endeared him to current members and attracted new members.
  • He was accompanied, to the landing by a large number of people, to whom he had endeared himself during his short stay here.
British Dictionary definitions for endeared

endear

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

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.

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