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dear

adjective uk   /dɪər/ us    /dɪr/

dear adjective (LOVED)

B2 loved or liked very much: She was a very dear friend. He was very dear to me. This place is very dear to me - we came here on our honeymoon. What a dear (= very attractive) little kitten! My dear Gina - how nice to see you!A1 used at the beginning of a letter to greet the person you are writing to: Dear Kerry/Mum and Dad/Ms Smith/Sir
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dear adjective (EXPENSIVE)

mainly UK costing too much: The food was good but very dear.
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dear

exclamation uk   /dɪər/ us    /dɪr/ ( also old-fashioned dearie) informal
A2 used in expressions of anger, disappointment, sadness, or surprise: Oh dear! I've lost my keys again. Dear me, it's already 4.30 and I said I'd be home by 5.00! Dearie me, what a mess!

dear

noun uk   /dɪər/ us    /dɪr/
[C usually singular] informal a kind person: Annie's such a dear - she's brought me breakfast in bed every morning this week. [as form of address] used to address someone you love or are being friendly to, not used between men: Here's your receipt, dear. Would you like a drink, dear? Lovely to see you, my dear.
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