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English definition of “dear”


adjective     /dɪər/ UK
expensive : Tourist restaurants are too dear for the locals .
cost sb dear to cause someone to have a lot problems or to lose a lot of money : The Government's lack of knowledge about IT systems has undoubtedly cost it dear.
(Definition of dear adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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