dear1 S1 [dıə US dır] interjection
Oh dear
used to show that you are surprised, upset, or annoyed because something bad has happened
Oh dear, I've broken the lamp.
'I think I'm getting a cold.' 'Oh dear!'
dear 2
dear2 S2 n
1.) used when speaking to someone you love
How did the interview go, dear?
2.) spoken used by an older person when speaking in a friendly way to someone who is younger
Can I help you, dear?
Come along, my dear , take a seat.
3.) BrE spoken someone who is kind and helpful
Be a dear and make me a coffee.
4.) old dear
BrE a fairly rude expression meaning an old woman
dear 3
dear3 W2S2 adj comparative dearer superlative dearest
[: Old English; Origin: deore]
1.) Dear
used before someone's name or title to begin a letter
Dear Sir or Madam, ...
Dear Mrs. Wilson, ...
Dear Meg, ...
2.) BrE expensive
≠ ↑cheap
Cars are 59% dearer in Britain than in Europe.
3.) formal a dear friend or relative is very important to you and you love them a lot
Mark became a dear friend .
be dear to sb
His sister was very dear to him.
4.) hold sth dear
to think that something is very important
Household economy was something my mother held very dear.
5.) dear old...
BrE spoken used to describe someone or something in a way that shows your love or liking of them
= ↑good old
Here we are, back in dear old Manchester!
6.) for dear life
written if you run, fight, hold on etc for dear life, you do it as fast or as well as you can because you are afraid
She grasped the side of the boat and hung on for dear life .
7.) the dear departed
BrE literary a person you love who has died
dear 4
dear4 adv
cost sb dear
written to cause a lot of trouble and suffering for someone
Carolyn's marriage to Pete cost her dear.

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