endearing

[en-deer-ing]

Origin:
1615–25; endear + -ing2

endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb
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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

endearing (ɪnˈdɪərɪŋ)
 
adj
giving rise to love or esteem; charming
 
endearingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

endear
1580s, from en- "make, put in" + dear. Related: Endeared; endearing.

endearing
1660s, from endear.
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Example sentences
White terns hovered inches from my face, impossibly delicate and endearing.
Sissel is endearing in his brutal honesty and loyalty.
The kid actors are so endearing.
You can see where this is going early on, but that doesn't detract from the
  endearing spell it casts.
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