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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn: beloved,
           dear, loved one, honey, love]