dear

If someone or something is dear to you, it means you hold them or it very close to your heart, as in "My country is very dear to me" or "She is a dear friend."

As a written form of address — such as "Dear Mr. So-and-so" — dear is generally a polite but impersonal standard greeting. Dear can sometimes mean expensive, as in "The cost of food is so dear these days," though that's a rather dated usage nowadays. Used about children, baby animals, or other examples of insufferable cuteness, dear can also mean "sweet" or "adorable." In this sense, dear is a favorite word of grandmothers and other doting relations.

Definitions of dear
1

n a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Synonyms:
beloved, dearest, honey, love
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone

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

Synonyms:
lamb
Type of:
inexperienced person, innocent
a person who lacks knowledge of evil

adj dearly loved

Synonyms:
beloved, darling
loved
held dear

adj with or in a close or intimate relationship

“my sisters and brothers are near and dear
Synonyms:
good, near
close
close in relevance or relationship

adj earnest

Synonyms:
devout, earnest, heartfelt
sincere
open and genuine; not deceitful

adj having a high price

“much too dear for my pocketbook”
Synonyms:
costly, high-priced, pricey, pricy
expensive
high in price or charging high prices

adv with affection

Synonyms:
affectionately, dearly

adv at a great cost

“this cost him dear
Synonyms:
dearly

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