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[n] a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
[n] a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
[adv] at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
[adv] with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
[adj] with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
[adj] dearly loved
[adj] earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

Misc. Definitions

\Dear\, a. [Compar. {Dearer}; superl. {Dearest}.] [OE. dere, deore, AS. de['o]re; akin to OS. diuri, D. duur, OHG. tiuri, G. theuer, teuer, Icel. d?r, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf. {Darling}, {Dearth}.]
1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive. The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. --Shak.
2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. ``Hear me, dear lady.'' --Shak. Neither count I my life dear unto myself. --Acts xx. 2
4. And the last joy was dearer than the rest. --Pope. Dear as remember'd kisses after death. --Tennyson.
4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. (a) Of agreeable things and interests. [I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause Will in concealment wrap me up awhile. --Shak. His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall. --Macaulay. (b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies. In our dear peril. --Shak. Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day. --Shak.
\Dear\, n. A dear one; lover; sweetheart. That kiss I carried from thee, dear. --Shak.
\Dear\, adv. Dearly; at a high price. If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear. --Shak.
\Dear\, v. t. To endear. [Obs.] --Shelton.

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