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Definition of dear exclamation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

dear

 exclamation
exclamation
NAmE//dɪr//
 
 
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used in expressions that show that you are surprised, upset, annoyed, or worried Oh dear! I think I lost my purse! Oh dear! What a shame. Dear me! What a mess! Dear oh dear! What are you going to do now?
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