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"dear" in British English

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dearadjective

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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dearexclamation

uk   /dɪər/  us   /dɪr/ (also old-fashioned dearie) informal

dearnoun

uk   /dɪər/  us   /dɪr/
(Definition of dear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dear" in American English

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dearadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /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.

dearexclamation

 us   /dɪər/ infml
  • dear exclamation (EXPRESSION)

used to express annoyance, disappointment, unhappiness, or surprise: Oh dear! I’ve lost my keys again.

dearnoun [C]

 us   /dɪr/
  • dear noun [C] (LOVED PERSON)

a person who is loved or greatly liked: Annie’s such a dear.
Dear is used to address someone in a friendly way, esp. someone you love or a child: Have something to eat, dear.
(Definition of dear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dear" in Business English

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dearadjective

uk   us   /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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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