Definitions of dear:
  • noun:   a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  • noun:   a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
  • adjective:   earnest
    Example: "One's dearest wish"
  • adjective:   with or in a close or intimate relationship
    Example: "My sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  • adjective:   dearly loved
  • adverb:   at a great cost
    Example: "He paid dearly for the food"
  • adverb:   with affection
    Example: "She loved him dearly"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 50000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #6498)

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