Can "endear" be used for a country or some other inanimate object? For example is 'I have come to endear my country.' correct?

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    endear my country to what? endear myself to my country is perhaps what you are looking for. – User40475 Dec 23 '20 at 12:45
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    Following @user405662, another possiblity would be "my country has endeared itself to me". It's not clear from your question whose affections are being increased. – user888379 Dec 23 '20 at 13:12
  • I was going to add that. Thank you, @user888379. – User40475 Dec 23 '20 at 13:14
  • To endear is either intransitive or reflexive. – Greybeard Dec 31 '20 at 12:17

The use of endear is particular, as you can see from dictionaries available online. It means

cause to be loved or liked.

Example: Flora's spirit and character endeared her to everyone who met her.

Collins agrees:

If something endears you to someone or if you endear yourself to them, you become popular with them and well liked by them.

I would rather say

I have come to cherish my country.

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