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adjective dearest pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪərəst/
  1. 1
    most expensive
    She bought the dearest dress in the shop.
  2. 2
    old-fashioned used in front of the name of someone you love at the beginning of a letter to them
    Dearest Jane, Can you ever forgive me?
  3. 3
    [only before noun] used about something that you want or hope for more than anything else
    It’s my dearest wish that you two should get married.
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  4. 4
    old-fashioned most loved or liked
    someone’s dearest friend: a letter from her dearest friend

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