from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make beloved or very sympathetic: a couple whose kindness endeared them to friends.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make dear or beloved.
- transitive v. To raise the price or cost of; to make costly or expensive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make dear in feeling; render valued or beloved; attach; bind by ties of affection.
- To engage by attractive qualities; win by endearment.
- To make dear or costly; raise the price of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make attractive or lovable
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What endeared him to those of us in the center and center left -- and I use the word endear with some trepidation when it comes to McCain -- was an honesty and unpredictability that made him seem like he was capable of rising above the GOP partisan fray when it was important for the sake of the nation.
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Nothing better illustrated the turbulent state of civil-military relations during this period than the hostility on the part of the uniformed military toward President Bill Clinton, whose antimilitary stance as a young man during the Vietnam War years did not endear him to soldiers.
Such comments are unlikely to endear him to Liverpool's under-fire players, which is a shame as they're crying out for a bit of the mongrel that is the Afghan Hound lookalike's stock-in-trade.
But his quintessential New York story should endear him to the city, enthusiasts insist.
And while this sort of depiction makes for, as my agent gently put it, "a great character," it does not exactly endear one to said mother when the book is published.
The conciliatory move is not likely to endear him to Republican primary voters.
His reaction deeply hurt Jane -- and didn't exactly endear him to his wife.
But instead of separating him from the rest of us, these traits endear him to us; they render him not inhuman but more human, perhaps the most human human among us.
His goofy, second-rate songs and his naive quest for success are what endear him to us.