Definition of dear adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪr//
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  • (British English) at a high price to buy cheap and sell dear
  • Word OriginOld English dēore, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier ‘beloved’, also to Dutch duur and German teuer ‘expensive’.Idioms to make somebody suffer a lot That one mistake has cost him dear over the years.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dear