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English

Etymology

Middle English dere, from Old English dēore. Confer Dutch duur (costly), German teuer (dear) Swedish dyr (expensive).

Pronunciation

Homophones

Adjective

dear (comparative dearer, superlative dearest)

Positive
dear

Comparative
dearer

Superlative
dearest

  1. Loved; lovable.
  2. High in price; expensive.
  3. Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
  4. A formal way of addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter.
  5. A formal way of addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
dear

Plural
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  1. A very kind, loving person.
    My niece is such a dear, she's always drawing me pictures.

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Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [dʲaɾˠ]

Verb

dear

  1. To draw (design).

Conjugation

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dear dhear ndear
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possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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