Synonyms of dear in English:

dear


See definition of dear

adjective

1‘my dear sister was talking about you only today’

SYNONYMS

beloved, loved, much loved, darling, adored, cherished, precious

esteemed, respected, worshipped

close, intimate, confidential, bosom, boon, favourite, best

ANTONYMS

hated

2‘her belongings were too dear to entrust to sea transport’

SYNONYMS

precious, treasured, valued, prized, cherished, special, favourite, favoured

3‘your father was such a dear man’

SYNONYMS

endearing, adorable, lovable, appealing, engaging, charming, enchanting, captivating, winsome, winning, attractive, lovely, nice, pleasant, delightful, angelic, sweet, darling

North American cunning

simpatico

sympathique

sympatisch

informal adorbs

dated taking

ANTONYMS

disagreeable

4‘the dining car served rather dear meals’

SYNONYMS

expensive, costly, high-cost, high-priced, highly priced, big-budget, overpriced, exorbitant, extortionate

immoderate, extravagant, lavish, valuable

British upmarket, over the odds

informal pricey, steep, stiff

ANTONYMS

inexpensive


noun

1‘there's no need to worry, my dear’

SYNONYMS

darling, dearest, love, beloved, loved one, sweetheart, sweet, precious, treasure

informal sweetie, sugar, honey, baby, babe, pet, sunshine, poppet

archaic sweeting

2‘Philip's such a dear’

SYNONYMS

lovable person, adorable person, endearing person

darling, sweetheart, pet, angel, gem, treasure

informal star


adverb

1‘they buy property cheaply and sell dear’

SYNONYMS

at a high price, at an excessive price, at an exorbitant price, at high cost, at great cost


Phrases

    hold something/someone dear

      ‘I may be about to lose all I hold dear’

      SYNONYMS

      cherish, treasure, prize, value highly