endear (oneself, someone, or something) to (someone or something)

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endear (oneself, someone, or something) to (someone or something)

To cause one feel affection for oneself, someone, or something. The puppy endeared himself to me the minute he crawled into my lap. I don't think this financial blunder will endear me to the boss.
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endear someone to someone or something

to cause someone to be cherished by someone else or a group. Her good humor endears her to all of us. Sally endears herself to everyone because she is so funny. She failed to endear herself to her husband's parents.
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References in classic literature ?
It endeared him to her strangely that he should be sometimes wrong.
To say the truth, Blifil had greatly gained his master's affections; partly by the profound respect he always showed his person, but much more by the decent reverence with which he received his doctrine; for he had got by heart, and frequently repeated, his phrases, and maintained all his master's religious principles with a zeal which was surprizing in one so young, and which greatly endeared him to the worthy preceptor.
The meeting between him and those whom he had left there was not without strong emotion on both sides; for they had been informed by his letters of what had occurred: and, besides that his griefs were theirs, they mourned with him the death of one whose forlorn and helpless state had first established a claim upon their compassion, and whose truth of heart and grateful earnest nature had, every day, endeared him to them more and more.
'Omorinoye's outstanding performances and sterling qualities endeared him to church leaders and members,' he said.
Meet Egypt's Jon Stewart, a former heart surgeon turned late-night TV host whose biting satire has not endeared him to the country's political class.
"Not only did he contribute in his own way to reform society, he did it with a light and humorous touch, which endeared him to generations of viewers and audiences.
What may not have endeared him to the White House press corps was this: "Over the last five years, you people were so good--over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming.
It is too bad that none of the anecdotes that reveal Fred's wit and humor that endeared him to students could be included.
It endeared him to us, because it's exactly what you'd want to do."
Recently a series of neon signs have enlivened facades around London and endeared him to a wider public.
"It has been a happy marriage," says Cole, a sometime conductor whose willingness to provide the Morris company with live music endeared him to the choreographer when he was in the process of jettisoning taped sound from his concerts.
Tired of those supremely painterly qualities that have long endeared him to other artists, we may find our focus shifting to the political and social implications of such work in Fascist and post-Fascist Italy.
Qadhafi's designs on Sudan and Chad, two nations traditionally under Egyptian protection, have not endeared him to the Mubarak government.