adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
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Origin of dear1
synonym study for dear
OTHER WORDS FROM deardearly, adverbdearness, noun
Definition for dear (2 of 2)
adjective, dear·er, dear·est.Archaic.
Origin of dear2
Example sentences from the Web for dear
Prices are dearer at Montmartre than in several other parts of Paris.Paris and the Social Revolution|Alvan Francis Sanborn
The soil of England will always be dearer to us of English descent than any except our own.
Living or dead, she is dearer than all the world to me--I shall not leave her!Wife in Name Only|Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
Saltpetre is dearer in one place than another, being worth one and a half.
Amid those strange people he seemed to her ever nearer, ever dearer, altogether true, and devoted with his whole soul.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for dear
- highly priced
- charging high prices
Derived forms of deardearness, noun
Word Origin for dear
Idioms and Phrases with dear
In addition to the idiom beginning with dear
- dear me
- for dear life
- nearest and dearest