- The definition of dear is precious or highly thought of.
An example of dear is a close, beloved friend.
- Dear is defined as the greeting of a letter.
An example of dear is how to begin a letter to a close friend.
- Dear is a person who is loved.
An example of dear is a grandmother.
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- much loved; beloved
- much valued; highly thought of; esteemed: used with a title or name as a polite form of address, as in writing letters: Dear Sir
- high-priced; costly
- earnest; fervent: our dearest wish
Origin: Middle English dere ; from Old English deore, precious, costly, beloved, akin to Dutch duur, German teuer
- with deep affection
- at a high cost
- a loved person; darling: often a term of affectionate address
- an endearing person; one who arouses gentle affection, tenderness, or gratitude
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adjective dear·er, dear·est
- a. Loved and cherished: my dearest friend.b. Greatly valued; precious: lost everything dear to them.
- Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations: Dear Lee Dawson.
- a. High-priced; expensive.b. Charging high prices.
- Earnest; ardent: “This good man was a dear lover and constant practicer of angling” (Izaak Walton).
- Obsolete Noble; worthy.
- Heartfelt: It is my dearest wish.
- One that is greatly loved.
- An endearing, lovable, or kind person.
- With fondness; affectionately.
- At a high cost: sold their wares dear.
Origin: Middle English dere, from Old English dēore.
- dearˈly adverb
- dearˈness noun
Origin: Middle English dere, from Old English dēor.