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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Our civic, corporate and government leaders ought to want to endear the gifts, talents and value of those afflicted and oppressed within this fabric of oppression, bringing greater peace, public safety and prosperity for themselves and all people. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Liberation is endearing where Aguilera’s lustrous, full-blooded voice is concerned. Christina Aguilera, Philly.com, "Album reviews: Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Charles Lloyd," 28 June 2018 But the down-to-earth personality, as well as a hard-hitting style that could turn into a slugfest at any moment, always seemed to endear him to MMA fans. Matt Erickson, USA TODAY, "Former UFC champ Johny Hendricks retires from MMA," 27 June 2018 Jacque Wilke is endearing in the underwritten role of caregiver Laura. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North Coast Rep's clever 'Father' slips inside the demented mind," 3 June 2018 Particularly outstanding are Andrew Varela’s spot-on El Gallo and Robert Spencer’s endearing Henry Albertson. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Tandem gets 'The Fantasticks' right," 30 Apr. 2018 His exuberant personality and friendly demeanor is already endearing himself to Talladega fans. Cheryl Wray, AL.com, "Alabama driver Bubba Wallace Jr. hopes to taste victory in Talladega's GEICO 500," 28 Apr. 2018 That understated, almost modest quality of Genesis is endearing in a segment that often overvalues its offerings. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Genesis G80 Sport is much more than a Hyundai," 9 Oct. 2017 The affable and busy actor, who grew up in Overland Park, already endeared himself to his hometown through his Big Slick Celebrity Weekend. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "KC's Paul Rudd opens up about his superpowers: Ant-Man, Big Slick and eternal youth," 5 July 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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