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Dictionary definition for: Dear

1. (n) a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

2. (s) dearly loved

3. (r) with affection; "she loved him dearly" "he treats her affectionately"

4. (n) a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

5. (s) with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend" "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

6. (r) at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food" "this cost him dear"

7. (s) earnest; "one''s dearest wish" "devout wishes for their success" "heartfelt condolences"

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