dear ADJECTIVE 1) regarded with deep affection. 2) used in the polite introduction to a letter. 3) expensive.
NOUN 1) an endearing person. 2) used as an affectionate form of address.
ADVERB at a high cost.
EXCLAMATION used in expressions of surprise or dismay.
DERIVATIVES dearness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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