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Dear

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Noun

1. beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love

a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

2. dear, lamb

a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

Adjective

3. beloved, darling, dear

dearly loved

4. dear, good, near

with or in a close or intimate relationship

Example Sentences:
'a good friend'
'my sisters and brothers are near and dear'

5. dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt

earnest

Example Sentences:
'one's dearest wish'
'devout wishes for their success'
'heartfelt condolences'

6. costly, dear, high-priced, pricey, pricy

having a high price

Example Sentences:
'costly jewelry'
'high-priced merchandise'
'much too dear for my pocketbook'
'a pricey restaurant'

Adverb

7. affectionately, dear, dearly

with affection

Example Sentences:
'she loved him dearly'
'he treats her affectionately'

8. dear, dearly

at a great cost

Example Sentences:
'he paid dearly for the food'
'this cost him dear'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Dear

see synonyms of dear
adjective
1. 
beloved; precious
2. 
used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
3. (postpositive; foll by to)
important; close
a wish dear to her heart
4. 
a. 
highly priced
b. 
charging high prices
5. 
appealing or pretty
what a dear little ring!
6.  for dear life
exclamation
7. 
used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
noun
8. (often used in direct address)
someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
adverb
9. 
dearly
his errors have cost him dear

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Dear

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adjective
1. 
much loved; beloved
2. 
much valued; highly thought of; esteemed
used with a title or name as a polite form of address, as in writing letters
Dear Sir
3. 
high-priced; costly
4. 
earnest; fervent
our dearest wish
adverb
5. 
with deep affection
6. 
at a high cost
noun
7. 
a loved person; darling
often a term of affectionate address
8. 
an endearing person; one who arouses gentle affection, tenderness, or gratitude
interjection
9. 
used to express distress, surprise, pity, etc., usually in phrases
oh, dear! dear me! dear God!

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Dear

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adj. dear·er, dear·est
1.
a. Loved and cherished: my dearest friend.
b. Greatly valued; precious: lost everything dear to them.
2. Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations: Dear Lee Dawson.
3.
a. High-priced; expensive.
b. Charging high prices.
4. Earnest; ardent: "This good man was a dear lover and constant practicer of angling" (Izaak Walton).
5. Obsolete Noble; worthy.
6. Heartfelt: It is my dearest wish.
n.
1. A person who is greatly loved. Often used as a form of address.
2. An endearing, lovable, or kind person: What a dear she is!
adv.
1. With fondness; affectionately.
2. At a high cost: sold their wares dear.
interj.
Used as a polite exclamation, chiefly of surprise or distress: oh dear; dear me.
adj.
Severe; grievous; sore: our dearest need.

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