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English adjective: dear

1. dear dearly loved

Synonymsbeloved, darling



2. dear with or in a close or intimate relationship

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

Synonymsgood, near


Antonymsdistant, remote

3. dear earnest

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

Synonymsdevout, earnest, heartfelt



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


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)


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.


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