dear - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
adjective 

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/dɪə(r)/
adjectivedear
comparativedearer
superlativedearest
  1. 1

    Dear

    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] expensive

    Their products are good quality, but a bit dear.

  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

    I’m afraid you’re wrong, dear boy.

  5. 5
    nice. People who use this word usually do not sound sincere
    dear little/sweet/old etc:

    Raymond is a dear sweet man!