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
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.
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