Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
Got it
Download the app
educalingo
Search
Never mind, dear, we're all made the same, though some more than others.
Noel Coward

Meaning of "dear" in the English dictionary

Dictionary
DICTIONARY
section

ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DEAR

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr.
info
Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp
section

PRONUNCIATION OF DEAR

dear  [dɪə] play
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp

GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DEAR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dear can act as a noun, an adjective, an adverb and an exclamation.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES DEAR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Dear

Dear or Dears may refer to: ▪ dear, a 2002 Japanese manga series by Cocoa Fujiwara ▪ Dear, a 2008 album by Shion Miyawaki ▪ "Dear", 2011 ▪ "Dear" ▪ Dear ▪ Dear, a salutation ▪ Drop Everything And Read, a form of school-based recreational reading ▪ DearS, a 2004 Japanese manga series by Peach-Pit ▪ The Dears, a band...

Definition of dear in the English dictionary

The first definition of dear in the dictionary is beloved; precious. Other definition of dear is used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith. Dear is also foll by to important; close.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DEAR

deaneries
deanery
deanship
Dear John letter
dear-bought
Dearborn
deare
dearest
dearie
dearies
dearling
dearly
dearn
dearness
dearnful
dearnly
dearth
dearticulate
deary
deary me!

WORDS THAT END LIKE DEAR

appear
bear
clear
ear
fear
five-year
footwear
gear
hear
linear
near
New Year
nuclear
on a tear
outerwear
rear
senior year
tear
wear
year

Synonyms and antonyms of dear in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DEAR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «dear» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of dear

Translation of «dear» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
online translator

TRANSLATION OF DEAR

Find out the translation of dear to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dear from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dear» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

亲爱的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

querido
570 millions of speakers

English

dear
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रिय
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَزِيز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дорогой
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

querido
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রিয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cher
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sayang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

lieb
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

親愛な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

사랑하는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dear
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thân yêu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அன்பே
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रिय
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Sayın
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

caro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kochany
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

любий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

drag
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αγαπητός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

liewe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kär
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kjær
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dear

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DEAR»

The term «dear» is very widely used and occupies the 3.629 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
0
100%
FREQUENCY
Very widely used
98
/100
The map shown above gives the frequency of use of the term «dear» in the different countries.
Principal search tendencies and common uses of dear
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «dear».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DEAR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «dear» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «dear» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dear

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «DEAR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dear.
1
Imtiaz Ali
I think 'Rockstar' is more dear to me than any of my other films.
2
John Ashcroft
The liberties and freedoms which we hold dear and we recognize and cherish and respect guide the way we gather information in the United States.
3
W. H. Auden
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.
4
Melissa Bank
I feel in some ways I've had a difficult life. And it makes me the kind of writer I am, in what I value, what I respect, what I hold dear.
5
Michael Bay
I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.
6
Ezra Cornell
My dear, the duty that devolved wholly on you in my absence of guiding and expanding the minds of our dear children is a laborious one and a responsible one.
7
Noel Coward
Never mind, dear, we're all made the same, though some more than others.
8
John Philpot Curran
My dear doctor, I am surprised to hear you say that I am coughing very badly, as I have been practising all night.
9
Faye Dunaway
Years are not important, my dear.
10
Mark Frost
Dear Internet: You are very good at spreading rumors. Truth is more valuable and much harder to come by.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DEAR»

Discover the use of dear in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dear and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Dear Life
Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.
Alice Munro, 2012
2
Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah ... and Searching for Hope
Maxine's best friend, Leah, has been missing for six months, and Maxine helps the police investigate the possibility that her disappearance is connected to their online friend, 2funE, who claims to be a sixteen-year-old boy.
Christina Kilbourne, 2007
3
Dear Abby on Planning Your Wedding
One of America's best-loved columnists offers timely and realistic advice on planning a wedding today, acknowledging the changing social mores and tendering specific advice on variety of problems
Abigail Van Buren, 1988
4
Dear Lover: A Woman's Guide to Men, Sex, and Love's Deepest ...
Written as a collection of letters from a man to his dear lover, here is this internationally acclaimed writer's invitation to practice love as a living art, as you discover how to pick the man of deep integrity who will satisfy the needs ...
David Deida, 2009
5
Dear Brutus
The 1917 production of his play, Dear Brutus, was one in a long string of successes for Barrie.
J. M. Barrie, 2011
6
Dear Father/dear Son: Correspondence of John D. Rockefeller ...
Still others were written without correspondence at all. This collection of never-before-published letters traces the history of the transfer of the Rockefeller fortune over the course of fifty years.
Joseph W. Ernst, 1994
7
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package.
‎1982
8
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
In this Newbery Honor Book from beloved author Beverly Cleary, eight-year-old Ramona Quimby's zest for life is infectious as ever.
Beverly Cleary, 2009
9
Dear Mister Bollywood: How I Fell in Love with India ...
Dear Mister Bollywood is a letter to the most famous man in India, Shah Rukh Khan. This letter spins off into Rina's life story of her struggle to survive and her hunger to succeed, but not at any price.
Rina Golan, 2010
10
Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home, but instead, Ike escapes and runs home--just in time to save Mrs.
‎2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DEAR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dear is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Dear Abby: Man objects to girlfriend's family vacation with ex
DEAR UNEASY: You are neither obsessing nor paranoid. You are normal. Because the ex seems intent on breaking you up and he seems to ... «Kansas City Star, Jul 15»
2
Dear Hema Malini, time to shut up and stop blaming car crash …
Twitter should ideally have come with a statutory warning: it is injurious to people who mostly have their foot in their mouth. It would have saved ... «Firstpost, Jul 15»
3
Dear Veronica: File formats and follow-up freak outs!
Last week, I asked for photos of your busted up (but still functional) phones, and you delivered! I noticed a trend of there being way more ... «Engadget, Jul 15»
4
Dear fashion world: “It's time you people get your shit right” when it …
As an industry, fashion isn't known for its diversity. The models booking work are overwhelmingly white—and apparently the challenges facing ... «Quartz, Jul 15»
5
Dear Germans: Read Some Hegel!
In order for anyone to understand the meaning and the importance of the Greek Referendum that produced a negative response to the question ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
6
Dear Abby: Woman who is HIV-positive is hiding her status from men
DEAR ABBY: I moved away from my hometown 18 years ago. At the time, a friend of mine had found out she was HIV-positive. Thankfully ... «Glens Falls Post-Star, Jul 15»
7
Dear Abby: HIV-positive woman hides her status from lovers
Dear Abby: I moved away from my hometown 18 years ago. At the time, a friend of mine had found out she was HIV-positive. Thankfully ... «Herald & Review, Jul 15»
8
Dear Mr. Bad Guy: Turn Over Your Guns, Would You Please? (Or …
On Wednesday, June 17, a 21-year-old white man by the name of Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in ... «Patheos, Jul 15»
9
Political Hay Dear Democrats, Your America Sucks
You've succeeded beyond your wildest dreams in your efforts to, as the front man for your current operation called it, “fundamentally transform ... «American Spectator, Jul 15»
10
Dear Coleen: My girlfriend claims I'm cheating because I talk about …
Dear Coleen: My girlfriend claims I'm cheating because I talk about girls in my sleep. 23:07, 7 July 2015. Opinion; by ColeenNolan ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Dear [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/dear>. Jun 2021 ».
Download the educalingo app
en
English dictionary
Discover all that is hidden in the words on
index
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z