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noun [countable]     dear pronunciation in British English
/dɪə(r)/
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pluraldears
  1. 1
    spoken used for talking to someone you love or are friendly with

    Have you had a nice day, dear?

    my dear:

    You mustn’t worry, my dear. Everything’s going to be all right.

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

      Be careful on those steps, dear.

  2. 2
    someone who is nice, generous, and helpful to others

    She’s a lovely person – an absolute dear.

    be a dear and do something:

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

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