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dear1

[deer] /dɪər/
adjective, dearer, dearest.
1.
beloved or loved:
a dear friend.
2.
(used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting):
Dear Sir.
3.
precious in one's regard; cherished:
our dearest possessions.
4.
heartfelt; earnest:
one's dearest wish.
5.
high-priced; expensive:
The silk dress was too dear.
6.
charging high prices:
That shop is too dear for my budget.
7.
excessive; high:
a dear price to pay for one's independence.
8.
Obsolete. difficult to get; scarce.
9.
Obsolete. worthy; honorable.
noun
10.
a person who is good, kind, or generous:
You're a dear to help me with the work.
11.
a beloved one.
12.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to a stranger, subordinate, etc.)
adverb
13.
dearly; fondly.
14.
at a high price:
That painting cost me dear.
interjection
15.
(used as an exclamation of surprise, distress, etc.):
Oh dear, what a disappointment! Dear me! What's all that noise?
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English dere, Old English dēore; cognate with Old High German tiuri, Old Norse dȳrr
Related forms
dearly, adverb
dearness, noun
Synonyms
1. darling, cherished. 5. See expensive.

dear2

[deer] /dɪər/
adjective, dearer, dearest. Archaic.
1.
hard; grievous.
Also, dere.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe
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British Dictionary definitions for dearest

dear

/dɪə/
adjective
1.
beloved; precious
2.
used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. important; close: a wish dear to her heart
4.
  1. highly priced
  2. charging high prices
5.
appealing or pretty: what a dear little ring!
6.
for dear life, urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation
interjection
7.
used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!
noun
8.
(often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling
adverb
9.
dearly: his errors have cost him dear
Derived Forms
dearness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr
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Word Origin and History for dearest

dear

adj.

Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.

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Idioms and Phrases with dearest

dear

In addition to the idiom beginning with
dear
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