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 That likely did much to endear it to Thursday’s audience, which seemed to receive the piece with special warmth when Montgomery took the stage for her bows. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 None of this is going to endear the GOP to the suburban voters who tossed Mr. Trump out of office in 2020. WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 White’s disposition helped to endear him to new teammates. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 17 Mar. 2022 His new size should help endear him to draft scouts who once saw Jackson as a surefire first-round pick. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Redick's comments seemed to endear him to Suns fans, some of whom think the Suns are flying under the radar despite their 34-9 record. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 Erin Napier is a successful television star, small town advocate, and author, but her posts about real life and motherhood are what endear her to her fans. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2022 But Olson is an Atlanta native who can quickly endear himself to fans of the defending World Champions. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 In a moment that would endear her to fans for decades, the character steps out of the boxes that define her and leaps onto the dance floor (after a few missteps), quite literally proving the haters around her wrong. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'endear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of endear

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Learn More About endear

Dictionary Entries Near endear




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for endear

Last Updated

19 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Endear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endear. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for endear


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.

More from Merriam-Webster on endear

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for endear

Britannica English: Translation of endear for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!