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dear 1

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.]

dear′ly adv.
dear′ness n.

dear 2

Severe; grievous; sore: our dearest need.

[Middle English dere, from Old English dēor.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dearness - the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
expensiveness - the quality of being high-priced


[ˈdɪənɪs] N (= expensiveness) → alto precio m, lo caro


(= expensiveness)hoher Preis
(= being loved) her dearness to himdass sie ihm lieb und teuer war
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Halfacre," returned Bobbinet, "but you know the character of the times, and the dearness of rents.
Tiberius in a letter to him saith, Haec pro amicitia nostra non occultavi; and the whole senate dedicated an altar to Friendship, as to a goddess, in respect of the great dearness of friendship, between them two.
For a moment she remained motionless; then she raised on him eyes of such despairing dearness that he half-released her waist from his hold.
Then came domestic details, lamentations over the excessive dearness of potatoes, or the length of the winter and the high price of block fuel, together with forcible representations of amounts owing to the baker, ending in an acrimonious dispute, in the course of which such couples reveal their characters in picturesque language.
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet increased the dearness allowance for its 11 million employees and pensioners to 7 percent.
They asked the government to direct heads of devolved departments to recruit children of former employees under son quota and increase pensions in proportion to the dearness.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 7 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi on Wednesday approved two percent Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners.
He reiterated his stance to effectively address the problems of promotions, and travel and dearness allowances of employees.
He called upon the government to take pity on the workers and increase their wages keeping in view the dearness of all the essential commodities.
But for the interim period until the formulation of the proposal, the board was entrusted with the task of recommending dearness allowances (DA).
Increased economic activities, they added, would ensure provision of jobs to maximum people, while countrywide protests and sit-in would yield nothing but obstruct economic development and raise the graph of poverty, dearness and unemployment.
Earlier, EPFO members were allowed to withdraw up to 36 months of basic salary plus dearness allowance for purchase or construction of house/ flat and 24 months of basic salary and dearness allowance for purchase of land.