adj (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
tosb 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 reputaciónMore 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 (Esp) or (AmL) 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 (Esp)More 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 (m) caroMore 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.
Sanfermines (The festival of San Fermín) is from 6th-14th July and el encierro (the 'running of the bulls'), takes place in Pamplona in northern Spain. The animals are released into the barricaded streets and people run in front of them, in honor of the town´s patron saint, San Fermín, who was put to death by being dragged by bulls.
- 1 (as form of address) 1.1 (term of affection) querido, -da, cariño not there, Sally, dear allí no, Sally querida or cariño John, my dear, bring me my slippers John, tesoro or corazón or (Esp tb) majo ¿me traes las pantuflas? my dearest querido míoMore example sentences1.2 [colloq: used by tradespeople] how many coffees was it, dear? ¿cuántos cafés me dijo? sorry, dear, we're sold out no, mire, no nos quedan
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- 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.
- 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.