From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishendear somebody to somebody phrasal verbLIKE somebody OR somethingto make someone popular and likedendear yourself to somebodyThe emperor saw an opportunity to endear himself to the Athenians. →endear→ See Verb table
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endear to • His comments will certainly endear him to his hon. Friends.• Caulfield failed to endear himself to his screenmother, Stephanie Beacham, in the early stages of filming the series.• His intervention will endear him to Maggie, Lucy believes.• His tales were simple and sweet and his charactersendearing enough to remember with fondness all the way to adulthood.• The new heirapparent soon had an opportunity to endear himself to the Athenians.• They were an endearing alternative to the hype up north, well worth the trip.• However, the reckless, well-bred show of bravado did not exactly endear the utterer to two other boys of like age.• The exam has economic advantages that endear it to Whitehall's purse-keepers.endear yourself to somebody• The new heir apparent soon had an opportunity to endear himself to the Athenians.