Dear

  • 21dear — dear, dearly You love someone dearly (i.e. very much), whereas you buy or sell something, or something costs you, dear or dearly …

    Modern English usage

  • 22dear me — ● dear …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 23dear — index close (intimate), exorbitant, priceless, scarce, valuable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 24dear — expensive, *costly, precious, valuable, invaluable, priceless Analogous words: exorbitant, *excessive, extravagant, inordinate Antonyms: cheap …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 25dear — ► ADJECTIVE 1) regarded with deep affection. 2) used in the polite introduction to a letter. 3) expensive. ► NOUN 1) an endearing person. 2) used as an affectionate form of address. ► ADVERB …

    English terms dictionary

  • 26dear|ly — «DIHR lee», adverb. 1. fondly: »Mother loves her baby dearly. 2. Figurative. at a high price: »He bought his new car quite dearly. 3. Figurative. very much: »You will regret your foolish behavior dearly in years to come …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 27dear —    This has been one of the commonest terms of address in English since the thirteenth century. In a count of fifty novels dealing with fairly contemporary life, ‘dear’ used on its own as a friendly term occurred 243 times. There were a further… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 28dear — adj. 1) (cannot stand alone) dear to (this project is dear to my heart) 2) (misc.) to hold smb. dear * * * [dɪə] painfully dear perfectly ( to prepare ) to dear for (to dear an article for export; our plane was deared for takeoff; to dear a deck… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 29dear — [[t]dɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ dearer, dearest, dears 1) ADJ: ADJ n You use dear to describe someone or something that you feel affection for. Mrs Cavendish is a dear friend of mine... At last I am back at my dear little desk. 2) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ to… …

    English dictionary

  • 30dear — 1 interjection The phrases oh dear , dear oh dear , dear dear , and dear me are all used to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed because you have done something wrong, because something bad has happened etc. Oh dear is much more common… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 31dear — dear1 [ dır ] adjective *** ▸ 1 at beginning of letter ▸ 2 loved/liked very much ▸ 3 expensive ▸ 4 used for speaking to someone ▸ 5 nice ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) Dear used in front of someone s name at the beginning of a letter to them: Dear Diana, I… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 32dear — dear1 S1 [dıə US dır] interjection Oh dear used to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed because something bad has happened ▪ Oh dear, I ve broken the lamp. ▪ I think I m getting a cold. Oh dear! dear 2 dear2 S2 n 1.) used when speaking… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 33dear — I UK [dɪə(r)] / US [dɪr] adjective Word forms dear : adjective dear comparative dearer superlative dearest *** 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) loved or… …

    English dictionary

  • 34dear — I. /dɪə / (say dear) adjective 1. beloved or loved: a dear friend of mine. 2. (in the salutation of a letter) highly esteemed: Dear Sirs. 3. precious in one s regard: dear to his heart. 4. high priced; expensive. 5. charging high prices. 6. high; …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 35dear — dear1 dearly, adv. dearness, n. /dear/, adj., dearer, dearest, n., adv., interj. adj. 1. beloved or loved: a dear friend. 2. (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting): Dear Sir …

    Universalium

  • 36dear — adj., n., adv., & int. adj. 1 a beloved or much esteemed. b as a merely polite or ironic form (my dear man). 2 used as a formula of address, esp. at the beginning of letters (Dear Sir). 3 (often foll. by to) precious; much cherished. 4 (usu. in… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 37dear*/*/*/ — [dɪə] adj I 1) Dear used in front of someone s name or title at the beginning of a letter to them Dear Diana, I hope you re feeling better now.[/ex] Dear Sir or Madam[/ex] 2) loved, or liked very much a dear friend[/ex] 3) expensive Their… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 38dear — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English dere, from Old English dēor Date: before 12th century severe, sore < in our dear peril Shakespeare > II. adjective Etymology: Middle English dere, from Old English dēore; akin to Old High German tiuri …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 39dear — 1. adjective 1) a dear friend Syn: beloved, loved, adored, cherished, precious; esteemed, respected, worshiped; close, intimate, bosom, best Ant: hated 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 40dear — 1. adjective 1) a dear friend Syn: beloved, precious, close, intimate, bosom 2) her pictures were too dear to part with Syn: precious, treasured, valued, prized, cherished, sp …

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