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dear

adjective \ ˈdir \

Definition of dear

:severe, sore
  • in our dear peril
  • —William Shakespeare

Origin and Etymology of dear

Middle English dere, from Old English dēor — see 2dear


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dear

adjective

Definition of dear

1 obsolete :noble
2 :highly valued :precious
  • a dear friend
  • Our friendship is very dear to me.
  • ran for dear life
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

dearness

noun

Origin and Etymology of dear

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


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dear

adverb

Definition of dear

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

Origin and Etymology of dear

see 2dear


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dear

noun

Definition of dear

1 :a loved one :sweetheart
  • How was your day, dear?
2 :a lovable person
  • Be a dear and get me a drink.

Examples of dear in a Sentence

  1. Be a dear and take this for me.

Origin and Etymology of dear

see 2dear


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dear

interjection

Definition of dear

used especially to express annoyance or dismay
  • Oh dear!

Origin and Etymology of dear

see 2dear



DEAR Defined for English Language Learners

dear

adverb

Definition of dear for English Language Learners

  • : with love and respect


dear

noun

Definition of dear for English Language Learners

  • —used to address someone you love

  • : a kind and helpful person


dear

interjection

Definition of dear for English Language Learners

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


DEAR Defined for Kids

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dear

adjective \ ˈdir \

Definition of dear for Students

dearer; dearest
1 :greatly loved or cared about
  • a dear friend
2 used as a form of address especially in letters
  • Dear Sir
3 :having a high price
  • Fuel is dear just now.
4 :deeply felt :earnest
  • My dearest wish is to see you.

dearly

adverb

2

dear

adverb

Definition of dear for Students

:with love
  • We held her dear.

3

dear

noun

Definition of dear for Students

:a loved one :darling


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