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


    used in front of someones 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. 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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