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English definition of “dear”

dear

exclamation     /dɪər/ US  /dɪr/ (also old-fashioned dearie) informal
A2 used in expressions of anger, disappointment, sadness, or surprise: Oh dear! I've lost my keys again. Dear me, it's already 4.30 and I said I'd be home by 5.00! Dearie me, what a mess!InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of dear exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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