Meaning of dear

Definition of dear

(adj) dearly loved
with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
sincerely earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"
(adv) with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
(noun) a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

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