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English definition of “dear”

dear

adjective [-er/-est only] (LOVED)   /dɪər/
loved or greatly liked: She’s a dear friend. Dear is used at the beginning of a letter to greet the person you are writing to: Dear Kerrie/Mom and Dad/Ms. Smith/Sir Dearest can be used in a letter to greet someone you love: Dearest Ben, I think of you every day.
(Definition of dear adjective (LOVED) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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