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Pronunciation: /dɪr; dɪə(r)/

Translation of dear in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (dearer /ˈdɪrər; ˈdɪərə(r)/, dearest /ˈdɪrəst; ˈdɪərɪst/)

  • 1 (loved) querido a very dear friend of mine un amigo mío muy querido dear (old) Jane, she's such a help to me la buena de Jane, me ayuda tanto that was when dear Dr Wentworth was still alive eso pasó cuando todavía vivía el pobre or el buen Dr Wentworth it was his dearest wish/possession era su mayor deseo/su bien más preciadoto be dear to sb memories that are very dear to him recuerdos que le son muy caros or que significan mucho para él that bracelet was very dear to her esa pulsera tenía gran valor (sentimental) para ella a man dear to all our hearts un hombre querido de or por todos to hold sb dear [formal] tener* a algn en mucha estima, tenerle* mucha estima a algn I hold my reputation (very) dear tengo en mucho mi reputación
    Example sentences
    • She joined a whole secret league of the hunters after being separated from a friend very dear to her.
    • She went quietly about her daily life and was held in fond regard by her dear friends.
    • Let the honor of your friend be as dear to you as your own (Ethics of the Fathers 2: 15).
  • 2 (in direct address) 2.1 (in speech) my dear Henry, you cannot be serious ¡pero Henry! ¡qué disparate! my dear Mrs Harper, I can assure you that … mi buena señora (Harper), le aseguro que … my dear girl/boy, how terrible for you! ¡pero qué horror, hija mía/hijo mío! 2.2 (in letter-writing) Dear Mr Jones Estimado Sr. Jones Dear Jimmy Estimado Jimmy (more affectionate) Querido Jimmy Dear Sir or Madam Estimado/a Señor(a), Muy señor mío/señora mía My dear Paul Mi querido Paul
  • 3 (lovable) adorable what a dear little thing he is! ¡pero qué ricura or monada (de niño)!, ¡qué niño más majo (Spain/España) or (Latin America/América Latina) más amoroso! they have the dearest (little) house tienen una casita monísima she's a dear girl es un encanto de chica, es una chica majísima (Spain/España)
    Example sentences
    • It was quite a pleasant excursion for the dear little thing.
    • It would seem that Sammy's dear little darling sister has struck again.
    • But Jimmy Grimble smells like a sweet and innocuous film from the get-go, thus we know someone's going to get their comeuppance, and it isn't dear little Jimmy.
  • 4 (expensive) caro was it very dear? ¿te costó muy caro? dear money dinero (masculine) caro
    Example sentences
    • I don't use the blank rune any longer, but before the Age of the Internet when information was dear and costly, I used it and didn't have a problem with it.
    • A Philadelphia customer admired the company's cut glass but hesitated to buy any because it was ‘most extravagantly dear.’
    • She was forced to pay the £4 taxi fare from her benefits, which soon became too dear.


  • oh dear! ¡ay!, ¡qué cosa! dear, (oh) dear! ¡vaya por Dios! oh, dear me, that's terrible ay por Dios, eso sí que es terrible


  • 1 (as form of address) querido, , cariño not there, Sally, dear allí no, Sally querida or cariño John, my dear, bring me my slippers John, tesoro or corazón or (in Spain also/en España también) majo ¿me traes las pantuflas? my dearest querido mío sorry, dear, we're sold out no, mire, no nos quedan how many coffees was it, dear? ¿cuántos cafés me dijo?
  • 2 [colloquial/familiar] (nice person) be a dear and answer the door for me anda, sé bueno y abre la puerta he's/she's such a dear es un ángel or un cielo (you) poor dear! ¡pobre ángel!, ¡pobrecito! the poor dear, he's got the flu el pobrecito tiene gripe


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