Dear• Dear Dr. Ward:..• DearSally, ..deardear3 ●●○S3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1TALK TO somebodyLOVEused when speaking to someone you love 🔊 How did the interview go, dear?2TALK TO somebodyNOT KNOW spoken used when speaking in a friendly way to someone, especially someone who is much younger or much older than you. This use can sometimes sound rather patronizing 🔊 Can I help you, dear? 🔊 Come along, my dear, take a seat.3NICE British English spoken someone who is kind and helpful 🔊 Be a dear and make me a coffee.4 →old dear
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dear• Make me some cheese on toast, there's a dear.• Oh, Charles dear, this is an honour you so richly deserve.• Make up your mind to please your lord, my dear.• You've not hurt your head, have you, my dear?• My dear, I don't in the least want to hurry you but I think you should go.• What's your name, dear?• We were having tea at the same hotel when Mrs Harvey came in, with another old dear.• They were two old dears and good fun, but this one... well!• Sophie dear, you do manage to look so very striking with so little in the way of decoration!my dear• Anabelle, my dear, you must try some.• Will you try a little porridge with some honey, Dorothy, my dear?• I also say goodnight, my dearest love.• Will you forgive me, my dear Cully.• I know I should not allow one of my dearest friends to discover so late on of my romanticattachment ...• No cheat, I assure you, my dearDoctor.• I'd swing for you, my dear.• But to you, my dear, it will simply be a small cylinder of Balbazian steel, that wonderfully unbreachable metal.deardear4 adverb 🔊 🔊 →cost somebody dearFrom Longman Business Dictionarydeardear /dɪədɪr/ adjective1especially British English costing a lot of money SYN EXPENSIVEI could never afford a house around here - they’re far too dear.2FINANCEBANKING if money is dear, INTEREST RATEs are high and it may be difficult and expensive to get loans from banksAt the time, money was dear and credit difficult.