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English definition of “dear”

dear

adjective (LOVED)    /dɪər/ US  /dɪr/
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 lovely to see you!Loving and in love A1 used at the beginning of a letter to greet the person you are writing to: Dear Kerry/Mum and Dad/Ms Smith/SirWritten greetingsLetters, notes and cards
(Definition of dear adjective (LOVED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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