Dear meaning

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Dear is a person who is loved.

An example of dear is a grandmother.

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The definition of dear is precious or highly thought of.

An example of dear is a close, beloved friend.

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Dear is defined as the greeting of a letter.

An example of dear is how to begin a letter to a close friend.

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Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations.

Dear Lee Dawson.

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Earnest; ardent.
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Loved and cherished.

My dearest friend.

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Noble; worthy.
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Greatly valued; precious.

Lost everything dear to them.

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High-priced; expensive.
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Charging high prices.
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A person who is greatly loved. Often used as a form of address.
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An endearing, lovable, or kind person.

What a dear she is!

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With fondness; affectionately.
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At a high cost.

Sold their wares dear.

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Used as a polite exclamation, chiefly of surprise or distress.

Oh dear; dear me.

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Severe; grievous; sore.

Our dearest need.

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Much loved; beloved.
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Much valued; highly thought of; esteemed.

Dear Sir.

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High-priced; costly.
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Earnest; fervent.

Our dearest wish.

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With deep affection.
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At a high cost.
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A loved person; darling.
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An endearing person; one who arouses gentle affection, tenderness, or gratitude.
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Used to express distress, surprise, pity, etc., usually in phrases.

Oh, dear! dear me! dear God!

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Such dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.

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Precious to or greatly valued by someone.

The dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!

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High in price; expensive.

The dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed?

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A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.

Dear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays: […] .

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A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.

My dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!

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An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior.

My dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on but over my knee!

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A very kind, loving person.

My cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.

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A beloved person.
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(obsolete) To endear.

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(obsolete) Dearly; at a high price.
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Severe(ly affected), sore.
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Heartfelt.

It is my dearest wish.

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Origin of dear

From Middle English dere, from Old English dēore. Cognate with Dutch duur (“costly, precious”), German teuer (“costly, precious”), Icelandic dýr (“expensive”), Norwegian dyr, Swedish dyr (“expensive”).