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Meaning & Definition of Dear in English

English

Dear

/dɪr/

noun

1. A beloved person

  • Used as terms of endearment
    synonym:
  • beloved
  • ,
  • dear
  • ,
  • dearest
  • ,
  • honey
  • ,
  • love

2. A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

    synonym:
  • lamb
  • ,
  • dear

adjective

1. Dearly loved

    synonym:
  • beloved
  • ,
  • darling
  • ,
  • dear

2. With or in a close or intimate relationship

  • "A good friend"
  • "My sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    synonym:
  • dear
  • ,
  • good
  • ,
  • near

3. Earnest

  • "One's dearest wish"
  • "Devout wishes for their success"
  • "Heartfelt condolences"
    synonym:
  • dear
  • ,
  • devout
  • ,
  • earnest
  • ,
  • heartfelt

4. Having a high price

  • "Costly jewelry"
  • "High-priced merchandise"
  • "Much too dear for my pocketbook"
  • "A pricey restaurant"
    synonym:
  • costly
  • ,
  • dear(p)
  • ,
  • high-priced
  • ,
  • pricey
  • ,
  • pricy

adverb

1. With affection

  • "She loved him dearly"
  • "He treats her affectionately"
    synonym:
  • dearly
  • ,
  • affectionately
  • ,
  • dear

2. At a great cost

  • "He paid dearly for the food"
  • "This cost him dear"
    synonym:
  • dearly
  • ,
  • dear

Examples of using

Happy birthday, dear friend!
That's my pleasure, dear! If you have any questions, let me know!
Let us not forget, dear brother, that man cannot be separated from himself.