Definitions for DEARdɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dear*dɪər(adj.; n.; adv.; interj.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)beloved; loved.

  2. (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting):

    Dear Sir or Madam.

  3. cherished:

    our dearest possessions.

  4. heartfelt:

    no dearer wish.

  5. expensive.

  6. Obs. worthy.

  7. (n.)a kind or generous person.

  8. a beloved one.

  9. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)

    Category: Sexuality

  10. (adv.)dearly; fondly.

  11. at a high price:

    I paid dear for that painting.

  12. (interj.)(used as an exclamation of surprise, distress, etc.).

* Usage: Definition 12 is an affectionate term of address used to a child, sweetheart, etc. However, when used in the workplace or in social interactions with strangers, it is sometimes perceived as insulting.

Origin of dear:

bef. 900; ME dere, OE dēore


dear*dɪər(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. hard; grievous.

* Archaic..

Origin of dear:

bef. 1000; ME dere, OE dēor brave, bold, severe

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(noun)

    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

  2. lamb, dear(adj)

    a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

  3. beloved, darling, dear(adj)

    dearly loved

  4. dear, good, near(adj)

    with or in a close or intimate relationship

    "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

  5. dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)


    "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

  6. costly, dear(p), high-priced, pricey, pricy(adverb)

    having a high price

    "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"

  7. dearly, affectionately, dear(adverb)

    with affection

    "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"

  8. dearly, dear(adverb)

    at a great cost

    "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dear(adjective)ɪər

    used to begin a letter

    Dear Ms. Williams,; Dear Mom and Dad,

  2. dearɪər

    much loved

    a dear friend

  3. dear(noun)ɪər

    used to address sb you like or love

    Yes dear, I promise.

  4. dear(interjection)ɪər

    indicates worry or annoyance

    Oh dear! I dropped it again.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dear

    bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive

  2. Dear

    marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year

  3. Dear

    highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious

  4. Dear

    hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention

  5. Dear

    of agreeable things and interests

  6. Dear

    of disagreeable things and antipathies

  7. Dear(noun)

    a dear one; lover; sweetheart

  8. Dear(adverb)

    dearly; at a high price

  9. Dear(verb)

    to endear

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3027

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #550

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Nouns Frequency: #2146

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Adjectives Frequency: #329

Translations for DEAR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


high in price

Cabbages are very dear this week.

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