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American English: /dɪr/
British English: /dɪə/

Translation of dear in Spanish:

adjective dearerPronunciation: /ˈdɪrər/, /ˈdɪərə(r)/, dearestPronunciation: /ˈdɪrəst/, /ˈdɪərɪst/

  • 1 (loved) 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 preciado
    to be dear to somebodymemories 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 somebody dear [formal]
    tener a alguien en mucha estima
    tenerle mucha estima a alguien
    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!
    Example sentences
    • An excellent idea, dear fellow, to not have a television.
    • Charles, my dear fellow, you've no idea how wonderful that made me feel.
    • I congratulate you, my dear fellow, I really do.
    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
    Example sentences
    • Dear Friend: First, I want to tip my hat to you.
    • "Dear friends world over, Nepal is closed for the time being.
    • Dear BI Career Consultants: How can we measure the true impact of technology on learning and student success?
  • 3 (lovable) what a dear little thing he is!
    ¡pero qué ricura or monada (de niño)!
    ¡qué niño más majo! (Spain)
    ¡qué niño más amoroso! (Latin America)
    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)
    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) 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!
    ¡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) not there, Sally, dear
    allí no, Sally querida or cariño
    John, my dear, bring me my slippers
    John, tesoro or corazón ¿me traes las pantuflas?
    John, majo ¿me traes las pantuflas? (Spain)
    my dearest
    querido mío
    sorry, dear, we're sold out how many coffees was it, dear?
    ¿cuántos cafés me dijo?
    Example sentences
    • On hearing our lament for a country gone frankly insane, she simply suggested, ‘Well, dears, why don't you move here?
    • Never let it be said that I don't have high expectations of you, my dears.
    • Make sure you don't spoil your dinner, dears.
  • 2 [colloquial] (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!
    the poor dear, he's got the flu
    el pobrecito tiene gripe
    Example sentences
    • But Sara didn't know how she could cheer the little dear's father.
    • Sanjuro, I am sure you are much more mature than my own son, so could you be a good sweet dear and pass me that bundt cake pan?
    • The poor old dear was probably out of her mind with worry by now.


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