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adjective American English pronunciation: dear /dɪr/ 
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  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] 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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