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 Peart was known for his introspective – and occasionally geeky – lyrics that endeared him to a generation of high schoolers who came of age '70s and '80s – some of them stoners, some of them regular players of Dungeons and Dragons. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Rush drummer Neil Peart dead at 67," 10 Jan. 2020 Anjelah Johnson Johnson has been on fire over the last decade, developing a conversational and attitude-driven style that has endeared the MADtv veteran to one of comedy’s most underserved populations: women of color. John Wenzel, The Know, "Kathleen Madigan, Eric Andre and more Denver comedy you should see in November," 3 Nov. 2019 His reputation as a radical political agitator has endeared him to his base and isolated him from the mainstream essentially since his 2016 primary battle against Hillary Clinton. Fox News, "Bernie Sanders gaining ground in 2020 primary battle: ‘Buckle up’," 28 Dec. 2019 The practicality of sauerkraut has endeared it to generations of foodies the world over. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Sauerkraut is a Baltimore Thanksgiving tradition, and it’s good for you, too.," 25 Nov. 2019 By ridiculing a reporter’s question Wednesday and abruptly leaving a media session, Baker Mayfield may have actually endeared himself further to many fans of the Cleveland Browns. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Baker Mayfield’s testy moment isn’t helping perception that he and Browns lack focus," 31 Oct. 2019 Wilkins has already endeared himself to teammates, coaches, and fans with a goofy personality and humble attitude. BostonGlobe.com, "That prediction became a reality last Sunday, when Wilkins appeared in his first NFL game, playing 65 snaps and making four tackles for the Dolphins in their Week 1 loss to the Ravens. This Sunday, Wilkins will be facing his hometown Patriots in Miami.," 13 Sep. 2019 While the book is classified as a children’s tale, its philosophical ruminations on human nature and growing up have endeared it to adult readers as well. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Early Sketches From ‘The Little Prince’ Found in Swiss Collection," 20 Aug. 2019 Amash’s admonishments of Trump on Twitter predictably draw tut-tutting or disdainful silence from the right, while also endearing himself to the left. Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of endear

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Endear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endear. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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