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Meaning of DEAR

Pronunciation:  deer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  2. [n]  a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
  3. [adv]  at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
  4. [adv]  with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
  5. [adj]  with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  6. [adj]  dearly loved
  7. [adj]  earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

DEAR is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: affectionately, beloved, beloved, close, darling, dearest, dearly, devout, earnest, good, heartfelt, honey, lamb, love, loved, loved one, near, sincere
 See Also: inexperienced person, innocent, lover



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dear\, a. [Compar. {Dearer}; superl. {Dearest}.] [OE.
    dere, deore, AS. de['o]re; akin to OS. diuri, D. duur, OHG.
    tiuri, G. theuer, teuer, Icel. d?r, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf.
    {Darling}, {Dearth}.]
    1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
             The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. --Shak.
    2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price;
       as, a dear year.
    3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
       ``Hear me, dear lady.'' --Shak.
             Neither count I my life dear unto myself. --Acts xx.
             And the last joy was dearer than the rest. --Pope.
             Dear as remember'd kisses after death. --Tennyson.
    4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind;
       engaging the attention.
       (a) Of agreeable things and interests.
                 [I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause
                 Will in concealment wrap me up awhile. --Shak.
                 His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle
                 and glitter of Whitehall.         --Macaulay.
       (b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
                 In our dear peril.                --Shak.
                 Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever
                 I had seen that day.              --Shak.
  2. \Dear\, n.
    A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
          That kiss I carried from thee, dear.     --Shak.
  3. \Dear\, adv.
    Dearly; at a high price.
          If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear. --Shak.
  4. \Dear\, v. t.
    To endear. [Obs.] --Shelton.
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