- 1loved by or important to someone He's one of my dearest friends. dear to somebody Her daughter is very dear to her. They lost everything that was dear to them.
- 2Dear used at the beginning of a letter before the name or title of the person that you are writing to Dear Sir or Madam Dear Mrs. Jones Idioms
adjectivejump to other results
having a lot of importance and interest for someone
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used to describe someone in a way that shows affection Dear old Sue! I knew she'd help. Their baby's a dear little thing.
dear old/little…jump to other results
as hard or as fast as possible She was holding on to the rope for dear life. Run for your life!
for dear life, for your lifejump to other results
to care very much for someone or something; to value someone or something highly He had destroyed everything we held dear.
hold somebody/something dear (formal)jump to other results
your close family and friends
your nearest and dearest (informal)jump to other results