Dear a. [Compar. Dearer superl. Dearest ]
1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. --Shak.
2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. “Hear me, dear lady.”
Neither count I my life dear unto myself. --Acts xx. 24.
And the last joy was dearer than the rest. --Pope.
Dear as remember'd kisses after death. --Tennyson.
4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. (a) Of agreeable things and interests.
[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile. --Shak.
His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall. --Macaulay.
(b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
In our dear peril. --Shak.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day. --Shak.
Dear, n. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
That kiss I carried from thee, dear. --Shak.
Dear, adv. Dearly; at a high price.
If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear. --Shak.
Dear, v. t. To endear. [Obs.]
adj 1: dearly loved [syn: beloved, darling]
2: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good
friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn:
3: earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their
success"; "heartfelt condolences" [syn: devout, earnest,
4: having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced
merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey
restaurant" [syn: costly, dear(p), high-priced, pricey,
n 1: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn: beloved,
dearest, loved one, honey, love]
2: a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
adv 1: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her
affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately]
2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost
him dear" [syn: dearly]