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 for dear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dear \Dear\ (d[=e]r), a. [Compar. Dearer (d[=e]r"[~e]r);
     superl. Dearest (d[=e]r"[e^]st).] [OE. dere, deore, AS.
     de['o]re; akin to OS. diuri, D. duur, OHG. tiuri, G. theuer,
     teuer, Icel. d[=y]rr, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf. Darling,
     Dearth.]
     1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
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              The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. --Shak.
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     2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price;
        as, a dear year.
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     3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. "Hear
        me, dear lady." --Shak.
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              Neither count I my life dear unto myself. --Acts xx.
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              And the last joy was dearer than the rest. --Pope.
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              Dear as remember'd kisses after death. --Tennyson.
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     4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind;
        engaging the attention.
        (a) Of agreeable things and interests.
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                  [I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause
                  Will in concealment wrap me up awhile. --Shak.
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                  His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle
                  and glitter of Whitehall.         --Macaulay.
        (b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
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                  In our dear peril.                --Shak.
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                  Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
                  Or ever I had seen that day.      --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dear \Dear\, n.
     A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
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           That kiss I carried from thee, dear.     --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dear \Dear\, adv.
     Dearly; at a high price.
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           If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dear \Dear\, v. t.
     To endear. [Obs.] --Shelton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dear
      adv 1: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her
             affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately, dear]
      2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost
         him dear" [syn: dearly, dear]
      adj 1: dearly loved [syn: beloved, darling, dear]
      2: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend";
         "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: dear,
         good, near]
      3: earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their
         success"; "heartfelt condolences" [syn: dear, devout,
         earnest, heartfelt]
      4: having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced
         merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey
         restaurant" [syn: costly, dear(p), high-priced,
         pricey, pricy]
      n 1: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn:
           beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love]
      2: a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
         [syn: lamb, dear]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  96 Moby Thesaurus words for "dear":
     admired, adored, affectionate, angel, at a premium, at great cost,
     at great expense, at heavy cost, babe, baby, baby-doll, beloved,
     beloved object, beyond price, buttercup, cherished, cherub, chick,
     chickabiddy, costly, crush, darling, dear one, dear-bought, dearly,
     dearly beloved, deary, devoted, doll, doting, duck, duckling,
     esteemed, expensive, fancy, favored, favorite, fond, golden,
     good as gold, heartthrob, held dear, high, high-priced, hon, honey,
     honey bunch, honey child, honored, inestimable, invaluable, lamb,
     lambkin, light of love, love, loved, loved one, lover, lovesome,
     luxurious, not affordable, of great cost, of great price, pet,
     petkins, popular, precious, precious heart, premium, priceless,
     pricey, prized, revered, rich, snookums, steep, stiff, sugar,
     sumptuous, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweets, top,
     treasure, treasured, truelove, unpayable, valuable, valued,
     venerated, well-beloved, well-liked, white-haired, worthy
  
  

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