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DEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dear mean? 

DEAR (noun)
  The noun DEAR has 2 senses:

1. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
2. a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

  Familiarity information: DEAR used as a noun is rare.


DEAR (adjective)
  The adjective DEAR has 4 senses:

1. dearly loved
2. with or in a close or intimate relationship
3. earnest
4. having a high price

  Familiarity information: DEAR used as an adjective is uncommon.


DEAR (adverb)
  The adverb DEAR has 2 senses:

1. with affection
2. at a great cost

  Familiarity information: DEAR used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEAR (noun)


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Meaning:

A beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

beloved; dear; dearest; loved one; honey; love

Hypernyms ("dear" is a kind of...):

lover (a person who loves or is loved)


Sense 2dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dear; lamb

Hypernyms ("dear" is a kind of...):

inexperienced person; innocent (a person who lacks knowledge of evil)


DEAR (adjective)


Sense 1dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dearly loved

Synonyms:

beloved; darling; dear

Similar:

loved (held dear)


Sense 2dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With or in a close or intimate relationship

Synonyms:

dear; near; good

Context examples:

a good friend / my sisters and brothers are near and dear

Similar:

close (close in relevance or relationship)


Sense 3dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Earnest

Synonyms:

heartfelt; earnest; devout; dear

Context examples:

one's dearest wish / devout wishes for their success / heartfelt condolences

Similar:

sincere (open and genuine; not deceitful)


Sense 4dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a high price

Synonyms:

pricy; pricey; high-priced; costly; dear

Context examples:

costly jewelry / high-priced merchandise / much too dear for my pocketbook / a pricey restaurant

Similar:

expensive (high in price or charging high prices)


DEAR (adverb)


Sense 1dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With affection

Synonyms:

affectionately; dear; dearly

Context examples:

she loved him dearly / he treats her affectionately


Sense 2dear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At a great cost

Synonyms:

dear; dearly

Context examples:

he paid dearly for the food / this cost him dear


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