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English adjective: dear

1. dear dearly loved


Synonymsbeloved, darling


Similarloved


Antonymsunloved

2. dear with or in a close or intimate relationship


SamplesA good friend.
My sisters and brothers are near and dear.


Synonymsgood, near


Similarclose


Antonymsdistant, remote

3. dear earnest


SamplesOne's dearest wish.
Devout wishes for their success.
Heartfelt condolences.


Synonymsdevout, earnest, heartfelt


Similarsincere


Antonymsinsincere

4. dear having a high price


SamplesCostly jewelry.
High-priced merchandise.
Much too dear for my pocketbook.
A pricey restaurant.


Synonymscostly, high-priced, pricey, pricy


Similarexpensive


Antonymscheap, inexpensive


English noun: dear

1. dear (person) a beloved person; used as terms of endearment


Synonymsbeloved, dearest, honey, love


Broader (hypernym)lover

2. dear (person) a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)


Synonymslamb


Broader (hypernym)inexperienced person, innocent


English adverb: dear

1. dear with affection


SamplesShe loved him dearly.
He treats her affectionately.


Synonymsaffectionately, dearly

2. dear at a great cost


SamplesHe paid dearly for the food.
This cost him dear.


Synonymsdearly









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