Definition of hold someone/something dear in US English:

hold someone/something dear


  • Care for or value someone or something greatly.

    ‘fidelity is something most of us hold dear’
    • ‘Canadians hold their values dear, but are not keen to see them imposed on others.’
    • ‘It is in those moments when we face our fears that laughter is especially welcome, and comic and tender memories are held dear.’
    • ‘We hold these values dear to our hearts because they resonate with strong emotional ties.’
    • ‘Up to this day many communities still hold these traditions dear and the names of certain places tell stories of the people who once lived there.’
    • ‘Secularism is in peril, and those who hold it dear need to work for it.’
    • ‘It is a gift from them to us, and we must indeed hold it dear.’
    • ‘He has good reason to hold Rab dear to his heart, however much he insists he was just a two-dimensional character in a script.’
    • ‘We are all the results of our histories and as such we should hold our heritage dear.’
    • ‘If you are to attain the position of emperor, you must hold your people dear.’
    • ‘As you might expect, I will always hold Mary dear to my heart.’
    cherish, treasure, prize, appreciate, value highly, rate highly, care very much about, care very much for, place a high value on, attach great importance to, set great store by
    cherish, treasure, prize, value highly
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