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Adjective: dear (dearer,dearest)  deer
  1. Dearly loved
    - beloved, darling
  2. With or in a close or intimate relationship
    "my sisters and brothers are near and dear";
    - good, near
  3. Sincerely intended and with strong feeling
    "one's dearest wish";
    - devout, earnest, heartfelt
  4. Having a high price
    "much too dear for my pocketbook";
    - costly, high-priced, pricey, pricy, spendy [N. Amer, informal]
  5. A formal way of addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter or email
Noun: dear  deer
  1. Someone who is loved (used as term of endearment)
    - beloved, dearest, honey [informal], love, darling, sweetheart, sugar [informal], baby [informal], duck [Brit, informal], hon [informal]
  2. A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
    - lamb
Adverb: dear  deer
  1. With affection
    "she loved him dear";
    - dearly, affectionately
  2. At a great cost
    "this cost him dear";
    - dearly
Interjection: dear  deer
  1. Used to express shock, dismay, disappointment, sympathy, etc.
    "Oh dear; I was so miserable !"; "Oh, dear me, dear me, what shall I do?";
    - oh dear, dear me, dearie me [informal], Lordy [informal], good grief [informal]

Sounds like: dean, dene, Deanr, dee

Derived forms: dears, dearer, dearest

See also: close, expensive, loved, sincere

Type of: inexperienced person, innocent, lover

Encyclopedia: Dear, Matthew