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

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Leigha Kato makes Molly endearing without caricature traits to exploit (though Molly does, at times, speak Dodo, Porpoise, and Norse Code). Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Peter and the Starcatcher' at Theatre Horizon: Unbridled, unpredictable, riotously funny," 4 May 2018 In the early 1950s, the Tongan Queen was the only woman monarch in the British Commonwealth aside from Queen Elizabeth herself—which alone likely endeared the Queens to one another. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Honored Her Friend Queen Salote, Tonga's 6-Foot Queen Who Reigned for 48 Years," 25 Oct. 2018 Wideman endeared himself locally with community service. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Tyler Wideman at Pacers workout: Turns out Dawgs' Big Cat can shoot," 11 June 2018 Today, however, Birds fans and Philadelphians in general appreciated Culkin’s shoutout to this year’s NFL champs: And just like that, Macaulay Culkin forever endeared himself to Eagles fans world wide. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Macaulay Culkin says Eagles should have won Oscar for best score," 5 Mar. 2018 Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has previously acknowledged his attacks on Trump might not be endearing him to many of his constituents. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Underdog Bill Lee surges to win Tennessee GOP gubernatorial primary; pivotal Senate race takes shape," 3 Aug. 2018 Judge Barrett, a Notre Dame professor until Mr. Trump appointed her to the Seventh Circuit last year, endeared herself to religious conservatives with her spirited responses to Democratic questioning at her confirmation hearing, Mr. Malcolm said. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "White House Narrows List for Supreme Court Nomination," 28 June 2018 Koko, the gorilla whose apparent aptitude for sign language endeared her to fans around the world, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning, according to the Gorilla Foundation, which oversaw her care. Niraj Chokshi, BostonGlobe.com, "Koko the Gorilla, famous for using sign language, dies at 46," 22 June 2018 Image Koko, the gorilla whose apparent aptitude for sign language endeared her to fans around the world, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning in California, according to the Gorilla Foundation, which oversaw her care. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "Koko the Gorilla, Who Used Sign Language and Befriended Mr. Rogers, Dies at 46," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of endear

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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