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Definitions of dear

  1. with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. dearly loved Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Of disagreeable things and antipathies. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A dear one; lover; sweetheart. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Dearly; at a high price. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To endear. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A darling. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Expensive; costly; as, meat has become very dear; beloved; highly esteemed; precious. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. A darling; favorite. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. At a high price or rate; as, his carelessness cost him dear. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Expressing surprise, pity, or emotion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Dearness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. High in price: costly: scarce: highly valued: beloved. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. One who is dear or beloved. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. DEARLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A beloved person. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. Costly; scarce; precious; beloved. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Beloved; precious; costly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. One greatly beloved; a darling. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. An exclamation of regret, surprize, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. High in price; scarce; greatly valued; beloved. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. Of agreeable things and interests. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. High priced; not plentiful; more costly than usual; highly esteemed; beloved; precious. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. A darling; a word of endearment or affection. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. d[=e]r, adj. high in price: costly: scarce: highly valued: beloved: (Shak.), earnest, inmost.--n. one who is dear or beloved.--adv. at a high price.--adj. DEAR'-BOUGHT.--n. DEAR'LING (Spens.), a darling.--adj. DEAR'-LOVED.--adv. DEAR'LY.--ns. DEAR'NESS; DEAR'Y, one who is dear. [A.S. deóre, dýre; cog. with Ger. theuer.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. d[=e]r, interj. indicating surprise, pity, or other emotion, as in 'Oh dear!' 'Dear me!' 'Dear, dear!'--prob. elliptical in 'Dear help us!' &c. [Sometimes doubtfully referred to Dio mio (It. 'My God'), or to some compound of Fr. Dieu.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  37. Beloved (often as merely polite or even ironical form in talk, esp. my d. sir, my d. Jones, & now used at beginning of most letters not intended to be markedly business-like; as noun, d. or dearest, esp. in voc, =d. one; a d., esp. in coaxing formulae); precious to; one\'s cherished (for d. life, as though life were at stake); high-priced, costly, (as adv., sell, buy, pay, d.; d. year, shop, in which prices run high); hence dearly adv., dearness n. (Int.) dear, dear!, dear me!, oh dear!, expressing surprise, distress, sympathy, &c. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. n. [Anglo-Saxon] Bearing a high price; costly; expensive;—marked by scarcity and exorbitance of price;—highly valued; much esteemed; greatly beloved; precious. Cabinet Dictionary
  39. adv. Dearly; at a high rate. Cabinet Dictionary
  40. n. A dear one; one dearly beloved; a darling Cabinet Dictionary
  41. Beloved, darling; valuable, costly; scarce; sad, hateful, grievous. In this last sense obsolete. Complete Dictionary
  42. A word of endearment. Complete Dictionary

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