Definitions for DEARdɪər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dear*dɪər(adj.; n.; adv.; interj.)-er, -est
(used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting):
Dear Sir or Madam.
our dearest possessions.
no dearer wish.
(n.)a kind or generous person.
a beloved one.
(sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)
at a high price:
I paid dear for that painting.
(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
Origin of dear:
bef. 1000; ME dere, OE dēor brave, bold, severe
beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(noun)
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
beloved, darling, dear(adj)
dear, good, near(adj)
with or in a close or intimate relationship
"a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)
"one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
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"
dearly, affectionately, dear(adverb)
"she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
at a great cost
"he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
used to begin a letter
Dear Ms. Williams,; Dear Mom and Dad,
a dear friend
used to address sb you like or love
Yes dear, I promise.
indicates worry or annoyance
Oh dear! I dropped it again.
bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive
marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year
highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious
hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention
of agreeable things and interests
of disagreeable things and antipathies
a dear one; lover; sweetheart
dearly; at a high price
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3027
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #550
Rank popularity for the word 'DEAR' in Nouns Frequency: #2146
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.
- غالي الثَّمَنArabic
- caroPortuguese (BR)
- 昂貴的Chinese (Trad.)
- بڑی قیمت والاUrdu
- đắt đỏVietnamese
- 昂贵的Chinese (Simp.)
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