transitive verb Date: 1580 1. obsolete to make higher in cost, value, or estimation 2. to cause to become beloved or admired <
her generosity has endeared her to the public
endearingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • endear — [en dir′, indir′] vt. to make dear, beloved, or well liked [to endear oneself by acts of generosity] …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • endear — 1580s, to enhance the value of, also win the affection of, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + DEAR (Cf. dear). Meaning to make dear is from 1640s. Related: Endeared; endearing …   Etymology dictionary

  • endear — [v] attract attention attach, bind, captivate, charm, cherish, engage, prize, treasure, value, win; concepts 7,22,32 Ant. disenchant, repulse …   New thesaurus

  • endear — ► VERB ▪ cause to be loved or liked …   English terms dictionary

  • endear — en|dear [ınˈdıə US ınˈdır] v endear to [endear sb to sb] phr v to make someone popular and liked endear yourself to sb ▪ The emperor saw an opportunity to endear himself to the Athenians …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • endear — UK [ɪnˈdɪə(r)] / US [ɪnˈdɪr] verb Word forms endear : present tense I/you/we/they endear he/she/it endears present participle endearing past tense endeared past participle endeared Phrasal verbs: endear to …   English dictionary

  • endear — v. (D; refl., tr.) to endear to (she endeared herself to everyone) * * * [ɪn dɪə] (D; refl.,tr.) to endear to (she endeared herself to everyone) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • endear — en|dear [ ın dır ] verb en dear to phrasal verb transitive endear someone to someone to make someone like you: His brusque manner did not exactly endear him to his colleagues …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • endear — verb ADVERB ▪ hardly, not exactly PREPOSITION ▪ to ▪ She had an unfriendly manner which did not exactly endear her to her colleagues …   Collocations dictionary

  • endear — [[t]ɪndɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] endears, endearing, endeared VERB If something endears you to someone or if you endear yourself to them, you become popular with them and well liked by them. [V n to n] Their taste for gambling has endeared them to Las Vegas… …   English dictionary

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