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dear

noun

1 dear

A beloved person; used as terms of endearment.

synonyms: beloved, dearest, honey, love.

Roget 899: favorite, pet, cosset, minion, idol, jewel, spoiled child, enfant gat_e [Fr.]; led captain; crony; fondling; apple of one's eye, man after one's own heart; persona grata.    ... show more

Dutch: beminde, engel, geliefde, goodie-goodie, hartedief, hartediefje, hartelap, hartendief, hartendiefje, hartenlap ... show more



2 dear

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

synonym: lamb.

Dutch: goeierd
Polish: aniołek

adjective

1 dear

Dearly loved.

synonyms: beloved, darling.

Roget 897: loving etc. v.; fond of; taken with, struck with; smitten, bitten; attached to, wedded to; enamored; charmed etc. v.; ... show more

2 dear

With or in a close or intimate relationship:
— My sisters and brothers are near and dear.

synonyms: good, near.

Polish: kochany, miły

3 dear

Sincerely earnest:
— One's dearest wish.

synonyms: devout, earnest, heartfelt.

4 dear

Having a high price:
— Much too dear for my pocketbook.

synonyms: costly, high-priced, pricey, pricy.

Roget 814: dear; high, high priced; of great price, expensive, costly, precious; worth a Jew's eye, dear bought.    at a premium.    not to be had, not to be had for love or money; beyond price, above price, ... show more

adverb

1 dear

With affection:
— She loved him dearly.

synonyms: affectionately, dearly.

Roget 814: dear, dearly; at great cost, heavy cost; a grands frais [Fr.].   

2 dear

At a great cost:
— He paid dearly for the food.
— This cost him dear.

synonym: dearly.


Moby thesaurus: admired, adored, affectionate, angel, at a premium, at great cost, at great expense, at heavy cost, babe, baby, baby-doll, beloved, beloved object, beyond price, buttercup, cherished, cherub, chick, chickabiddy, costly ... show more.

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