Definition of dearest in English:

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Pronunciation: /dirist/


1Most loved or cherished: one of my dearest friends
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  • ‘They are my dearest friends and I love them,’ she said as her eyelids closed.
  • I will always love you, my dearest friend, my only sister.
  • In it, the admiral wrote: ‘I can neither eat nor sleep for thinking of you my dearest love.’
2British Most expensive: beer is dearest in Germany
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  • This country has moved from being the twelfth most expensive place for labour in 1999 to the eighth dearest this year, the submission adds.
  • The estimated sale price at Sotheby's was between £6m and £8m but the final figure makes Omai the most expensive painting by Reynolds and the dearest sold at auction in London this year.
  • They finished the year with a 9.5 billion dollar surplus and tell us, when petrol is the dearest it has ever been, that next year they are going to tax it a further 12c a litre.


1Used as an affectionate form of address to a much-loved person: you make me so happy, dearest
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  • I will go but I will not die, I promise you that, my dearest!
  • If you are wondering who I am, my dearest, I will insist on delaying that information for a future time.
  • ‘I am one-hundred-percent male, my dearest,’ he said mockingly.
1.1 I was going to miss my dearest
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  • Who would have dreamed that our very own closest and dearest would become ‘victims of terror’?
  • Or I would love a childfree life with my very unique dearest.
  • We shall have failed, and the blood of our dearest will have flowed in vain, if the victory does not lead to a lasting peace, founded on justice and good will.

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Syllabification: dear·est

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