1. [Noun]: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

2. [Noun]: a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

3. [Adverb]: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"

4. [Adverb]: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"

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

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

7. dearly loved

Similar words to 'dear'

1. close

2. loved

3. sincere

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