(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. dearly loved

Similar word(s): loved, beloved, darling

2. with or in a close or intimate relationship

- my sisters and brothers are near and dear

Similar word(s): close, good, near

3. sincere emotion

- one's dearest wish

Similar word(s): sincere, devout, earnest, heartfelt

4. having a high price

- much too dear for my pocketbook

Similar word(s): expensive, costly, pricey, pricy

Sentences with dear as an adjective:

- Such dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.

- The dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!

- The dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed.

- Dear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays:

- My dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!

- My dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on but over my knee!


1. with affection

- she loved him dearly

Similar word(s): affectionately, dearly

2. at a great cost

- he paid dearly for the food

- this cost him dear

Similar word(s): dearly


1. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Similar word(s): beloved, dearest, honey, love

Definition categories: person, lover

2. a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

Similar word(s): lamb

Definition categories: person, innocent

Sentences with dear as a noun:

- My cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.


1. (obsolete) To endear.