en·​dear | \in-ˈdir, 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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There is something undeniably endearing about Ogunquit. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 2018 In a recent New York Times profile, his single-minded push for attention was just on the verge of coming off as desperate rather than endearing. Constance Grady, Vox, "Noah Centineo and the rise of the wholesome internet boyfriend, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 O’Connor knows that, while fun and endearing, such enticements need to work in tandem with the cultivation of bigger donors. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s last 3 video rental stores strive to remain part of the neighborhood," 10 Sep. 2018 Jurgen Klopp is a man who has endeared himself to the Liverpool faithful thanks to his tactical skills, passion for the club and his unique ability to engage with the fans. SI.com, "Video: Jurgen Klopp Helps Console Liverpool Fans With Reds Chant After UCL Loss to Real Madrid," 27 May 2018 Nevertheless, Model Behavior is endearing, and showed that Timberlake had acting potential that was worth honing in the future. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Boy Band Flashback: When *NSYNC-Era Justin Timberlake Played a Teen Heartthrob in TV Movie 'Model Behavior'," 25 Apr. 2018 And Wielgus didn’t always endear himself to people. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Nixon supports the school diversity plan, which may not endear her to those white moms whom you’d expect to endorse her candidacy. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Cynthia Nixon’s Campaign Against White Privilege," 28 June 2018 Has a history of knee problems and his attitude didn't endear him with the organization. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Which free agents are available to the Pacers," 25 June 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 \
endeared; endearing

Kids Definition of endear

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

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