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dear

dear

 
pronunciation:
dir
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
inflections: dearer, dearest
definition 1: much loved.
My dear friend Janet is coming to visit.
similar words:
favorite
definition 2: (capitalized) used as a greeting that begins a letter.
Dear Ms. Flynn, thank you for the gift.
derivations: dearly (adv.), dearness (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word deer (an animal)? Dear and deer sound alike but have different meanings.