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endearing

[en-deer-ing] /ɛnˈdɪər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to make dear or beloved.
2.
manifesting or evoking affection:
an endearing smile.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; endear + -ing2
Related forms
endearingly, adverb
self-endearing, adjective
unendearing, adjective
unendearingly, adverb

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
1570-80; en-1 + dear
Related forms
unendeared, adjective
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  • White terns hovered inches from my face, impossibly delicate and endearing.
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  • You can see where this is going early on, but that doesn't detract from the endearing spell it casts.
  • Still, there is a persistently endearing quality to the collection.
  • Buried in all this reverence are two endearing qualities.
  • His mean competitive streak is not endearing.
  • There's something endearing about his singleminded determination and seeming sincerity.
  • He possesses a sarcastic wit that is undoubtedly as irritating to his critics as it is endearing to his supporters.
  • And though victimhood might be endearing to some, it certainly won't help win elections.
British Dictionary definitions for endearing

endear

/ɪnˈdɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to cause to be beloved or esteemed

endearing

/ɪnˈdɪərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
giving rise to love or esteem; charming
Derived Forms
endearingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for endearing
adj.

1660s, present participle adjective from endear. Related: Endearingly.

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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