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endear

Things that endear you to others — like your sense of humor or your skill at baking chocolate chip cookies — cause them to be fond of you.

The verb endear is almost always followed by the word "to," as in the sentence "The teacher's ready smile and gentle voice endear him to the class of kindergartners." When something endears you to another person, he or she adores you. In the 1500s, endear meant "increase the value of," though it quickly came to mean "make dear," or perhaps to increase the emotional value, especially of another person.

Definitions of endear
  1. verb
    make attractive or lovable
    “This behavior endeared her to me”
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    type of:
    delight, please
    give pleasure to or be pleasing to
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