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’s one sure way to endear yourself to the home fans. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s bullpen redeems itself, Matt Chapman launches homer in 7-5 win," 3 Sep. 2019 This was not always endearing to her players, but Inglese refused to ever lower her standards for the team. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Cathy Inglese's Relentless Drive as a Coach Made Her Unforgettable," 26 July 2019 Here are 10 moments from his career that endeared him to his community. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "Defining moments in Andrew Luck's career as a Colt and his life as a Hoosier," 31 Aug. 2019 At times, the mythology can feel needlessly complex, but there is something truly endearing about Carnival’s earnest, irony-free storytelling. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Amazon's Carnival Row is a big-budget nerd fantasy," 15 Aug. 2019 His big outro was one which complements the personality and subtle style of play that endeared him to so many over the years. SI.com, "Wesley Sneijder: Remembering the Sniper's Greatest Hits as He Announces Retirement at 35," 12 Aug. 2019 Additionally, Bob wanted all employees to thrive and feel appreciated — traits that endeared him to everyone. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/29," 29 June 2019 India also has a growing trade surplus with America—not something that will endear it to Mr Trump. The Economist, "India presents America with a choice between geopolitics and trade," 29 June 2019 Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors will reopen Monday for happy hour, but without smoking and the generous liquor pours that endeared the dive bar to Orlando. Kyle Arnold, orlandosentinel.com, "Wally’s Liquors is reopening Monday, with no smoking and weaker drinks," 11 June 2019

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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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