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The Definition of - dear (noun)

    adjective, dearer, dearest.
    1.
    beloved or loved:
    a dear friend.
    2.
    (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting):
    Dear Sir.
    3.
    precious in one's regard; cherished:
    our dearest possessions.
    4.
    heartfelt; earnest:
    one's dearest wish.
    5.
    high-priced; expensive:
    The silk dress was too dear.
    6.
    charging high prices:
    That shop is too dear for my budget.
    7.
    excessive; high:
    a dear price to pay for one's independence.
    8.
    Obsolete. difficult to get; scarce.
    9.
    Obsolete. worthy; honorable.
    noun
    10.
    a person who is good, kind, or generous:
    You're a dear to help me with the work.
    11.
    a beloved one.
    12.
    (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)
    adverb
    13.
    dearly; fondly.
    14.
    at a high price:
    That painting cost me dear.
    interjection
    15.
    (used as an exclamation of surprise, distress, etc.):
    Oh dear, what a disappointment! Dear me! What's all that noise?

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Word Origin & History of - dear

    Word Origin & History

    dear O.E. deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved," from W.Gmc. *deurjaz, ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As an introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c.

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