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noun [countable] dear pronunciation in American English /dɪr/ 
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pluraldears
  1. 1
    someone who is nice, generous, and helpful to others
    be a dear and do something:

    Be a dear and go get my glasses for me, will you?

  2. 2
    spoken old-fashioned used for talking to someone you love or are friendly with

    Did you have a nice day, dear?

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    1. a.
      used for talking in a friendly way to someone whose name you do not know

      Be careful on those steps, dear.

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