Definitions of dear

  1. with affection; " she loved him dearly"; " he treats her affectionately"
  2. dearly loved
  3. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  4. having a high price; " costly jewelry"; " high- priced merchandise"; " much too dear for my pocketbook"; " a pricey restaurant"
  5. earnest; " one's dearest wish"; " devout wishes for their success"; " heartfelt condolences"
  6. a sweet innocent mild- mannered person ( especially a child)
  7. at a great cost; " he paid dearly for the food"; " this cost him dear"
  8. with or in a close or intimate relationship; " a good friend"; " my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
  9. Bearing a high price; high- priced; costly; expensive.
  10. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
  11. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
  12. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
  13. Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
  14. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
  15. Dearly; at a high price.
  16. To endear.
  17. A darling.
  18. Expensive; costly; as, meat has become very dear; beloved; highly esteemed; precious.
  19. A darling; favorite.
  20. At a high price or rate; as, his carelessness cost him dear.
  21. Expressing surprise, pity, or emotion.
  22. Dearness.
  23. High in price: costly: scarce: highly valued: beloved.
  24. One who is dear or beloved.
  25. DEARLY.
  26. A beloved person.
  27. Costly; scarce; precious; beloved.
  28. Beloved; precious; costly.
  29. One greatly beloved; a darling.
  30. An exclamation of regret, surprize, etc.
  31. High in price; scarce; greatly valued; beloved.
  32. Of agreeable things and interests.
  33. High priced; not plentiful; more costly than usual; highly esteemed; beloved; precious.
  34. A darling; a word of endearment or affection.

Usage examples for dear

  1. " My dear friend, I do not understand you. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  2. They will be very dear – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  3. Dear one, see it with me! – Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
  4. My dear I'll have to leave you. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  5. " But then- but then-" " Then what, my dear – The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim
  6. We will see about that, my dear – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  7. But my dear sir, my good Mr. Brent! – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  8. But, dear and be wi' me! – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  9. I hope, my dear that you love him. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  10. I'll get it, dear – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  11. What then, dear one? – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  12. Miss Woodville, dear Miss Woodville! – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  13. The dear little things, I feel as if I would love to eat them. – The Pond by Carl Ewald
  14. You know we all loved dear Cyril. – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  15. But there's nothing to know, dear – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  16. " Jim," she whispered, " Oh Jim, dear you don't mean it, do you?" – The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby
  17. Oh, for a father to say 'Steak, Polly dear – Polly Oliver's Problem by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  18. Dear Richard, she said, I believe I have loved you always. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  19. Dear this is 'again. – The Lighted Match by Charles Neville Buck
  20. Of course you did, mother, dear – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins