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English definition of “dear”

dear

noun     /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.People having good qualities [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.Friendly and unfriendly terms of address
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