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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.]
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Noun1.dearness - the quality possessed by something with a great price or value
expensiveness - the quality of being high-priced
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[ˈdɪənɪs] N (= expensiveness) → alto precio m, lo caro
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(= expensiveness)hoher Preis
(= being loved) her dearness to himdass sie ihm lieb und teuer war
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References in classic literature ?
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.
But I love him still as much as ever, though we seldom meet." "All our friendship and dearness are off.
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.
He directed that stern action be taken against profiteers, hoarders and those creating artificial dearness. He asked the officers to keep a check on shopkeeper as well as wholesalers because it would help stabilize prices.
Opposition still licking its wound will not focus on something positive and instead of going all out to destabilize reigning regime it must come with some healthy and viable proposals for the betterment of common people, squeezed under the heavy burden of dearness and lack of facilitiesh.
On the occasion, he said a large number of old pensioners were leading a miserable life because of growing dearness. He said the government had not given them the senior citizen allowance which was their right.
Summary: Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], July 18 (ANI): Haryana government has decided to release three due installments of Dearness Relief (DR) of January 1, 2018, July 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019, to pensioners and family pensioners, who are drawing their respective pension in the 6th Pay structure.
It pointed out that during previous governments, ministers and parliamentary secretaries received Rs35,91,000 and Rs48, 52,000, respectively, in the name of Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance (TA and DA).
Noor Alam Khan ordered the government officials who attended the meeting to receive their traveling allowance (TA) and dearness allowance (DA) from the Power Division on which audit authorities should make a proper report.