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dear

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adjective \ˈdir\

Definition of dear

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

Origin and Etymology of dear

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


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 Our friendship is very dear to me. ran for dear life —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

dearness

noun

Origin and Etymology 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

Definition of dear

  1. 1 :  dearly 3 the effort cost them dear

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

Origin and Etymology of dear

see 2dear


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dear

noun

Definition of dear

  1. 1 :  a loved one :  sweetheart How was your day, dear?

  2. 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


First Known Use: 13th century


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dear

interjection

Definition of dear

  1. —used especially to express annoyance or dismay Oh dear!

Origin and Etymology of dear

see 2dear


First Known Use: 1694



DEAR Defined for English Language Learners


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dear

adverb

Definition of dear for English Language Learners

  • : with love and respect


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dear

noun

Definition of dear for English Language Learners

  • —used to address someone you love

  • : a kind and helpful person


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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

play
adjective \ˈdir\

Definition of dear for Students

dearer

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dearest

  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.

dearly

adverb

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dear

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adverb

Definition of dear for Students

  1. :  with love We held her dear.


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dear

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noun

Definition of dear for Students

  1. :  a loved one :  darling



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