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adjective dear pronunciation in American English /dɪr/
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  1. 1


    used in front of someone’s name at the beginning of a letter to them

    Dear Diana, I hope you’re feeling better now.

  2. 2
    loved or liked very much
    a dear friend:

    She is a very dear friend of mine.

    dear to someone:

    You are both very dear to me.

  3. 3
    [not usually before noun] old-fashioned expensive
  4. 4
    British old-fashioned used for speaking to someone in a friendly way or in a way that shows that you think you are better or more important than them
  5. 5
    nice. People who use this word usually do not sound sincere
    dear little/sweet/old etc.:

    Raymond is a dear sweet man!


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