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Definition of dear:

  1. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
  2. Bearing a high price; high- priced; costly; expensive.
  3. Dearly; at a high price.
  4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
  5. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
  6. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
  7. Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
  8. To endear.


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Usage examples:

  • Then it will be like you, dear.

    - "The Untilled Field", George Moore.
  • You know that, don't you, you dear?

    - "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  • Tell us, there's a dear.

    - "Ulysses", James Joyce.