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adj. dear·er, dear·est
a. Loved and cherished: my dearest friend.
b. Greatly valued; precious: lost everything dear to them.
2. Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations: Dear Lee Dawson.
a. High-priced; expensive.
b. Charging high prices.
4. Earnest; ardent: "This good man was a dear lover and constant practicer of angling" (Izaak Walton).
5. Obsolete Noble; worthy.
6. Heartfelt: It is my dearest wish.
1. A person who is greatly loved. Often used as a form of address.
2. An endearing, lovable, or kind person: What a dear she is!
1. With fondness; affectionately.
2. At a high cost: sold their wares dear.
Used as a polite exclamation, chiefly of surprise or distress: oh dear; dear me.
[Middle English dere, from Old English dēore.]
Severe; grievous; sore: our dearest need.
[Middle English dere, from Old English dēor.]
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1. used as an affectionate way of addressing someone
2. most cherished: his dearest wish was to see you two married.
used as a very affectionate form of address
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|Noun||1.||dearest - a beloved person; used as terms of endearment|
lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
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1. darling What's wrong, my dearest?
1. most beloved my oldest and dearest friends
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n (= darling) → chéri (chérie)m/f
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