en·​dear | \ in-ˈdir How to pronounce endear (audio) , en- \
endeared; endearing; endears

Definition of endear

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become beloved or admired her generosity has endeared her to the public
2 obsolete : to make higher in cost, value, or estimation

Examples of endear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His Wall Street background didn’t exactly endear him to progressives when President Barack Obama selected him to head the CFTC in 2009. Benjamin Bain, Bloomberg.com, "From Goldman to SEC: Gensler’s Next Stop Worries Wall Street," 14 Jan. 2021 And the administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic turmoil didn’t endear Republicans to unaligned Georgia voters, particularly moderates in the Atlanta suburbs. Anchorage Daily News, "How Trump’s single-minded focus on election fraud cost Republicans in Georgia," 10 Jan. 2021 Of course any victory over the Bears will further endear Rodgers to Packers loyalists. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Aaron Rodgers, a “San Diego guy,” has his best Super Bowl shot in years," 28 Dec. 2020 The rings also contained some additional, sentimental details that will endear them to Bryant's fans. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Lakers receive championship rings with special tribute to Kobe Bryant," 23 Dec. 2020 Brindisi was considered one of the most vulnerable lawmakers this election cycle and was among the 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi in 2019 in an effort to endear himself to voters in the more conservative district of central New York. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi's path to speakership in new Congress is a narrow one," 8 Dec. 2020 Brooks will fill the role of small-ball four when healthy, but Fletcher's defense-first mentality figures to endear him to Calipari quickly. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "What we learned from Kentucky basketball's season-opening win over Morehead State," 26 Nov. 2020 Whatever the president's views, this did not endear Krebs to some Trump administration officials. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Trump fires top US cyberofficial who refused to back election claims of fraud," 17 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration has done little to endear itself to Silicon Valley by trading tit-for-tat tariffs with Beijing. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Who is Big Tech’s candidate in the US presidential race?," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of endear

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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31 Jan 2021

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“Endear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endear. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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en·​dear | \ in-ˈdir How to pronounce endear (audio) \
endeared; endearing

Kids Definition of endear

: to make beloved or admired His kind nature endeared him to all.

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