[dɪə] or [dɪr]
(adj.) with or in a close or intimate relationship; 'a good friend'; 'my sisters and brothers are near and dear' .
(adj.) earnest; 'one's dearest wish'; 'devout wishes for their success'; 'heartfelt condolences' .
(superl.) Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
(superl.) Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
(superl.) Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
(superl.) Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
(superl.) Of agreeable things and interests.
(superl.) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
(n.) A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
(adv.) Dearly; at a high price.
(v. t.) To endear.
a. . Costly, expensive, high-priced, at a high price, of great price.. Precious, beloved, darling, much loved, highly esteemed or valued.
SYN:High-priced, costly, expensive, beloved, precious, loved
ANT:Cheap, inexpensive, misliked, vile
adj. high in price: costly: scarce: highly valued: beloved: (Shak.) earnest inmost.—n. one who is dear or beloved.—adv. at a high price.—adj. Dear′-bought.—n. Dear′ling (Spens.) a darling.—adj. Dear′-loved.—adv. Dear′ly.—ns. Dear′ness; Dear′y one who is dear.
interj. indicating surprise pity or other emotion as in 'Oh dear!' 'Dear me!' 'Dear dear!'—prob. elliptical in 'Dear help us!' &c.
- But thy rest agen to-morrow's work, my dear. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- Dear Mr. Traddles and dear Trotwood, papa once free with honour, what could I wish for! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I don't see why you shouldn't like me to know that you wished to do me a service, my dear fellow. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- May I say, at parting, that it is the dear object of MY hopes too? 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Why, my dear lad, I am even now courting the Nine, and turning Aristophanes into good English verse. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- Give my love to your aunt, George dear, and implore her not to curse the viper that has crossed your path and blighted your existence. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Dear, no, sir! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- Is it safe now, dearest mother? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! 简·奥斯汀. 傲慢与偏见.
- Good-bye, dearest Pa. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- This present moment, short as it is, is a part of eternity, and the dearest part, since it is our own unalienably. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- You never call me your dearest pupil! 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- My dearest Harriet! 简·奥斯汀. 爱玛.
- I wish you could know Mr. Clayton; he is the dearest fellow imaginable, and unless I am mistaken he has fallen very much in love with me. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- Provisions are thereby rendered dearer, in the same manner as if it required extraordinary labour and expense to raise them. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- Would it come dearer? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- They paid so much dearer for the bills which their bankers granted them upon those countries. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- A dearer one belongs to you, Perdita, mother of his child. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- One side or the other had to yield principles they deemed dearer than life before it could be brought to an end. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- Previously wines had been preserved by the addition of alcohol, which made them both dearer and more detrimental to health. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- My own boy never could be dearer. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I've always longed for lots of boys, and never had enough, now I can fill the house full and revel in the little dears to my heart's content. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- With this boy, properly managed, my dears, I could do what I couldn't with twenty of them. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- Good night, my dears. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- My dears, though still young, I have had many opportunities of observing young men. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- And yet I am very much of the opinion, my dears, that he has not chosen his profession advisedly. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- The fine house, my good dears, has got inside it a fine family. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Bless you both, my dears, and don't quarrel, said Mrs. Vincy, with motherly cordiality. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.