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dear

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adjective \ˈdir\

Definition of dear

  1. :  severe, sore <in our dear peril — Shakespeare>



Origin of dear

Middle English dere, from Old English dēor


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dear

adjective

Definition of dear

  1. 1 obsolete :  noble

  2. 2 :  highly valued :  precious <a dear friend> —often used in a salutation <dear Sir>

  3. 3 :  affectionate, fond

  4. 4 :  high or exorbitant in price :  expensive <eggs are very dear just now>

  5. 5 :  heartfelt <our dearest prayers>

dear·ness noun


Origin of dear

Middle English dere, from Old English dēore; akin to Old High German tiuri distinguished, costly


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dear

adverb

Simple Definition of dear

  • : with love and respect

Full Definition of dear

  1. 1 :  dearly 3 <the effort cost them dear>

  2. 2 :  dearly 1 <so dear I loved the man — Shakespeare>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of dear

before 12th century


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dear

noun

Simple Definition of dear

  • —used to address someone you love

  • : a kind and helpful person

Full Definition of dear

  1. 1 :  a loved one :  sweetheart

  2. 2 :  a lovable person

Examples of dear

  1. Be a dear and take this for me.



13th Century

First Known Use of dear

13th century


5

dear

interjection

Simple Definition of dear

  • —used especially to express surprise, fear, or disappointment

Full Definition of dear

  1. —used especially to express annoyance or dismay

1694

First Known Use of dear

1694



DEAR Defined for Kids

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dear

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adjective \ˈdir\

Definition of dear

dear·erdear·est

  1. 1 :  greatly loved or cared about <a dear friend>

  2. 2 —used as a form of address especially in letters <Dear Sir>

  3. 3 :  having a high price <Fuel is dear just now.>

  4. 4 :  deeply felt :  earnest <My dearest wish is to see you.>

dear·ly adverb



2

dear

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adverb

Definition of dear

  1. :  with love <We held her dear.>




3

dear

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noun

Definition of dear

  1. :  a loved one :  darling





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