Dear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪr|  American pronunciation of the word dear
Brit.  |dɪə|  British pronunciation of the word dear


- a beloved person; used as terms of endearment (syn: beloved, dearest, honey, love)
- a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child) (syn: lamb)


- with affection(syn: affectionately, dearly)
- at a great cost(syn: dearly)


- dearly loved (syn: beloved, darling)
- with or in a close or intimate relationship(syn: good, near)
- sincerely earnest(syn: devout, earnest, heartfelt)
- having a high price(syn: costly, high-priced, pricey, pricy)


Be a dear and take this for me.

Of course, dear child.

Dear Mrs Jones

Dear Pete

Give my dear love to Grandfather.

He is a perfect dear.

How did the interview go, dear?

Can I help you, dear?

Come along, my dear, take a seat.

Be a dear and make me a coffee.

Cars are 59% dearer in Britain than in Europe.

Mark became a dear friend.

His sister was very dear to him.

And what did dear Uncle wish to impart?

Are you thirsty, my dear?

Word forms

singular: dear
plural: dears
comparative: dearer
superlative: dearest
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