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
querida
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