Know Your Next Word : dear
13. dear :
adjective, noun & adverb :
1. beloved or loved
2. (used in the salutation of a letter as an expression of affection or respect or as a conventional greeting)
3. precious in one's regard : cherished
4. a person who is good, kind or generous
5. at a high price
our dearest possessions
The silk dress was too dear.
That shop is too dear for my budget.
a dear price to pay for one's independence
You're a dear to help me with the work.