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

Definition of endear

transitive verb

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

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Still, Bloomberg endeared himself to many Democratic leaders in recent months after deciding to invest more than $110 million in the 2018 midterms — largely focused on House races. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Bloomberg likely to decide on 2020 bid by early next year," 14 Nov. 2018 Of course, this endeared him to all of us watching: Those poor hopefuls could have been any of us! Bette Midler, Vogue, "The Wind Beneath Her Wings: Bette Midler on the Rise and Reign of Michael Kors," 18 Oct. 2018 But as Wischhover continues: Choosing to wear a lip color [Ocasio-Cortez] (presumably) loves and feels comfortable in will feel familiar to women of her generation, and likely endeared her to many. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the year of victory red lipstick," 7 Nov. 2018 While most DJs, then and now, were loath to mingle in this fashion, Biondi did so with relish, endearing himself to packs of teens who became devoted listeners. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "She used to listen to Chicago radio's Dick Biondi under her pillow; now she's making a movie," 5 July 2018 The punter ended his season fighting through a rib injury during the NFC Divisional playoffs, endearing himself to Vikings fans. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Grading the 2017 New Orleans Saints: Specialists," 10 Feb. 2018 This isn't even the first time this week that the Reddit cofounder has endeared himself to his superstar wife's fans on Twitter. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Latest Text Exchange Is One for the Books," 21 Sep. 2018 Which Jeong proceeds to throw at the fashion assistants, a move that did not exactly diminish the intensity in the office or endear him to his colleagues. Vogue, "Comedian Ken Jeong Interns in Vogue’s Beauty Closet, Discovers the Power of Sheet Masks," 18 Dec. 2018 Crab stick, that dreaded sushi filler, did not endear itself to me more boiled in broth. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Warming up to Chinese hot pot at Little Sheep," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of endear

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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