He alone is now dearer to me than everything in the world.
They make a better though a dearer steel.
No work has been dearer to Methodists than that of the National Children's Home and Orphanage founded by Dr Bowman Stephenson in 1869.
Bismarck was their national hero, the anniversary of Sedan their political festival, and approximation to Germany was dearer to them than the maintenance of Austria.
In spite of his reservations, he regarded "communion with Rome as dearer than life."