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dear

adjective
 
 
/dɪər/
IN LETTERS A1 used at the beginning of a letter, before the name of the person you are writing to: Dear Amy Dear Mrs Simpson Dear Sir/MadamFriendly and unfriendly terms of address
LIKED [always before noun] B2 A dear person is someone who you know and like very much: my dear Peter He's one of my dearest friends.Loving and in love
EXPENSIVE UK expensive: I wouldn't buy anything there, it's far too dear.Costing too muchExpensive and luxurious
dear to sb/sb's heart If something is dear to someone or dear to their heart, it is very important to them: The charity was very dear to his heart.Loving and in love
(Definition of dear adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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