Nearby words

  1. dean, james,
  2. deane,
  3. deanery,
  4. deanna,
  5. deanthropomorphism,
  6. dear john,
  7. dear john letter,
  8. dear me,
  9. dearborn,
  10. dearborn heights

Origin of dear

1
before 900; Middle English dere, Old English dēore; cognate with Old High German tiuri, Old Norse dȳrr

SYNONYMS FOR dear
1. darling, cherished. 5. See expensive.

Related formsdear·ly, adverbdear·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dearly

dearly

adverb

very muchI would dearly like you to go
affectionately
at a great cost

dear

adjective

beloved; precious
used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
(postpositive foll by to) important; closea wish dear to her heart
  1. highly priced
  2. charging high prices
appealing or prettywhat a dear little ring!
for dear life urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation

interjection

used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!

noun

(often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling

adverb

dearlyhis errors have cost him dear
Derived Formsdearness, noun

Word Origin for dear

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr

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Word Origin and History for dearly
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Idioms and Phrases with dearly

dear

In addition to the idiom beginning with dear

  • dear me

also see:

  • for dear life
  • nearest and dearest
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