endear

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

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  • 2 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

  • 3 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 …

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

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  • 5 endear — ► VERB ▪ cause to be loved or liked …

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  • 6 endear to — en ˈdear to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they endear to he/she/it endears to present participle endearing to past tense endeared to …

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  • 7 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

  • 8 endear to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms endear to : present tense I/you/we/they endear to he/she/it endears to present participle endearing to past tense endeared to past participle endeared to endear someone to someone to make someone liked by… …

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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) …

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  • 11 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

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

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  • 13 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… …

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  • 14 endear — [ɪn dɪə, ɛn ] verb (often endear someone to) cause to be loved or liked …

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  • 15 endear — verb endear sb to sb phrasal verb (T) to make someone popular and liked: Diana s friendly disposition endears her to everyone she meets …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 endear — [ɪnˈdɪə] verb endear yourself to sb …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 endear — 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

  • 18 endear — /en dear /, v.t. 1. to make dear, esteemed, or beloved: He endeared himself to his friends with his gentle ways. 2. Obs. to make costly. [1570 80; EN 1 + DEAR] * * * …

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  • 19 endear — verb To make dear or precious …

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  • 20 endear — Synonyms and related words: allure, attract, becharm, bewitch, captivate, carry away, charm, draw on, enamor, enrapture, fascinate, hold in thrall, infatuate, inflame with love, seduce, tantalize, tempt, vamp …

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