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Definition 1: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is a kind of ...) a person who loves someone or is loved by someone

Definition 2: a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is a kind of ...) a person who lacks knowledge of evil

Definition 3: at a great cost - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where dear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he paid dearly for the food
  • this cost him dear

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: with affection - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where dear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she loved him dearly
  • he treats her affectionately

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: with or in a close or intimate relationship - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good friend
  • my sisters and brothers are near and dear

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is similar to ...) close in relevance or relationship

"a close family" "we are all...in close sympathy with..." "close kin" "a close resemblance"

Definition 6: having a high price - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • costly jewelry
  • high-priced merchandise
  • much too dear for my pocketbook
  • a pricey restaurant

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is similar to ...) high in price or charging high prices

"expensive clothes" "an expensive shop"

Definition 7: dearly loved - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is similar to ...) held dear

"his loved companion of many years"

Definition 8: sincerely earnest - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • one's dearest wish
  • devout wishes for their success
  • heartfelt condolences

Synonyms for dear in the sense of this definition

(dear is similar to ...) open and genuine; not deceitful

"he was a good man, decent and sincere" "felt sincere regret that they were leaving" "sincere friendship"

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