near and dear

idiom

Definition of near and dear

: very close in relationship
  • friends who are near and dear
  • my nearest and dearest friend

Word by Word Definitions

near play
  1. : at, within, or to a short distance or time

  2. : almost, nearly

  3. : in a close or intimate manner : closely

  1. : close to

  1. : not far distant in time, place, or degree

  2. : almost happening : narrowly missed or avoided

  3. : nearly not happening

  1. : approach

dear play
  1. : severe, sore

  1. : noble

  2. : highly valued : precious

  3. : affectionate, fond

  1. : dearly

  2. : dearly

  1. : a loved one : sweetheart

  2. : a lovable person

  1. used especially to express annoyance or dismay


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