Endear En*dear", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Endeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Endearing}.] 1. To make dear or beloved. ``To be endeared to a king.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To raise the price or cost of; to make costly or expensive. [R.] --King James I. (1618). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • endearing — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inspiring love or affection. DERIVATIVES endearingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

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