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dear

play
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


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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


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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


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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


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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



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

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

2

dear

play
adverb

Definition of dear for Students

  1. :  with love We held her dear.


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dear

play
noun

Definition of dear for Students

  1. :  a loved one :  darling



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