Dear

Definition of Dear

Pronunciation: dēr
a.1.Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear.
- Shak.
2.Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
3.Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
Neither count I my life dear unto myself.
- Acts xx. 24.
And the last joy was dearer than the rest.
- Pope.
Dear as remember'd kisses after death.
- Tennyson.
4.Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.
- Shak.
His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall.
- Macaulay.
5.Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
In our dear peril.
- Shak.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day.
- Shak.
n.1.A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
That kiss I carried from thee, dear.
- Shak.
adv.1.Dearly; at a high price.
If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To endear.

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