endear
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɪnˈdɪə/, /ɛnˈdɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈdɪəɹ/, /ɛnˈdɪəɹ/
Verb

endear (endears, present participle endearing; past and past participle endeared)

  1. (obsolete) To make (something) more precious or valuable. [16th-17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) To make (something) more expensive; to increase the cost of. [17th-19th c.]
  3. (obsolete) To stress (something) as important; to exaggerate. [17th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 18, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Salvianus Massiliensis […] saith, that amongst French-men, to lie and forsweare is no vice but a manner of speach. He that would endeare {{transterm
  4. To make (someone) dear or precious. [from 18th c.]
Synonyms


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