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Definition of Dear


  1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
  2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
  3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
  4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
  5. Of agreeable things and interests.
  6. Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
  7. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
  8. Dearly; at a high price.
  9. To endear.

Dear Quotations

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
Vince Lombardi

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
Joseph Auslander

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear.
Charles B. Rangel

In Henry Adams, I discovered not only the prototype of the modern thinker but also someone who is more interesting: a viper-toothed, puling, supercilious crank, thwarted in ambition, aging gracelessly, mad at the cosmos, and ashamed of his own jejune ideals. He is nevertheless very dear to me.
P. J. O'Rourke
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Dear Translations

dear in Afrikaans is geag, duur
dear in Dutch is geacht, gezien
dear in Finnish is kallis
dear in French is cher
dear in German is liebe, lieb, lieb, lieber, sehr geehrte
dear in Italian is caro
dear in Latin is carus
dear in Portuguese is caro
dear in Spanish is estimado, caro
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