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Definition of 'dear'


  1. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
       Synonyms: beloved dearest loved one honey love
  2. a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
       Synonyms: lamb


  1. dearly loved
       Synonyms: beloved darling
  2. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
       Synonyms: good near
  3. earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
       Synonyms: devout earnest heartfelt
  4. having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"
       Synonyms: costly high-priced pricey pricy


  1. with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
       Synonyms: dearly affectionately
  2. at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
       Synonyms: dearly

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