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English definition of “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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