dear

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dere, from Old English dēore. Cognate with Dutch duur (costly, precious), German teuer (costly, precious), Icelandic dýr (expensive), Norwegian dyr, Swedish dyr (expensive).

Adjective[edit]

dear (comparative dearer, superlative dearest)

  1. Loved; lovable.
  2. Loving, affectionate, heartfelt
    Such dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.
  3. Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
    The dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!
  4. High in price; expensive.
    The dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed?
  5. A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.
    Dear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays: [] .
  6. A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]”
    My dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!
  7. An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior.
    My dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on but over my knee!
  8. (obsolete) Noble.
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Noun[edit]

dear (plural dears)

  1. A very kind, loving person.
    My cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.
  2. A beloved person
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Verb[edit]

dear (third-person singular simple present dears, present participle dearing, simple past and past participle deared)

  1. (obsolete) To endear.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shelton to this entry?)

Adverb[edit]

dear (comparative more dear, superlative most dear)

  1. (obsolete) dearly; at a high price
    • Shakespeare
      If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English dere, from Old English dēor. Cognate with the above

Adjective[edit]

dear (comparative more dear, superlative most dear)

  1. Severe(ly affected), sore
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Irish[edit]

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Verb[edit]

dear (present analytic dearann, future analytic dearfaidh, verbal noun dearadh, past participle deartha)

  1. To draw (design).

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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dear dhear ndear
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.