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DEAR, adjective

1. Scarce; not plentiful.

2. Bearing a high price in comparison of the usual price; more costly than usual; of a higher price than the customary one. Wheat is dear at a dollar a bushel, when the usual price is seventy five cents. This is the effect of scarcity and demand.

3. Of a high value in estimation; greatly valued; beloved; precious.

And the last joy was dearer than the rest.

Be ye followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5:1.

DEAR, adjective Hurtful; grievous; hateful.

DEAR, verb transitive To make dear

DEAR, noun A darling; a word denoting tender affection or endearment; as, my dear