dear

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1dear

adjective \ˈdir\

Definition of DEAR

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

Origin of DEAR

Middle English dere, from Old English dēor
First Known Use: before 12th century

2dear

adjective

Definition of DEAR

1
obsolete :  noble
2
:  highly valued :  precious <a dear friend> —often used in a salutation <dear Sir>
4
:  high or exorbitant in price :  expensive <eggs are very dear just now>
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

3dear

adverb

: with love and respect

Full Definition of DEAR

1
:  dearly 3 <the effort cost them dear>
2
:  dearly 1 <so dear I loved the man — Shakespeare>

First Known Use of DEAR

before 12th century

4dear

noun

—used to address someone you love

: a kind and helpful person

Full Definition of DEAR

1
:  a loved one :  sweetheart
2
:  a lovable person

Examples of DEAR

  1. Be a dear and take this for me.

First Known Use of DEAR

13th century

5dear

interjection

—used especially to express surprise, fear, or disappointment

Full Definition of DEAR

—used especially to express annoyance or dismay

First Known Use of DEAR

1694

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