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Definition of: DEAR

dear
(adv.) Dearly; at a high price.
(n.) A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
(superl.) Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
(superl.) Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
(superl.) Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
(superl.) Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
(superl.) Of agreeable things and interests.
(superl.) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
(v. t.) To endear.

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dare
dare
(v. i.) To have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not to be afraid; to venture.
(v. t.) To have courage for; to attempt courageously; to venture to do or to undertake.
(v. t.) To challenge; to provoke; to defy.
(n.) The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness; dash.
(n.) Defiance; challenge.
(v. i.) To lurk; to lie hid.
(v. t.) To terrify; to daunt.
(n.) A small fish; the dace.
read
read
(n.) Rennet. See 3d Reed.
(imp. & p. p.) of Read
(v. t.) To advise; to counsel.
(v. t.) To interpret; to explain; as, to read a riddle.
(v. t.) To tell; to declare; to recite.
(v. t.) To go over, as characters or words, and utter aloud, or recite to one's self inaudibly; to take in the sense of, as of language, by interpreting the characters with which it is expressed; to peruse; as, to read a discourse; to read the letters of an alphabet; to read figures; to read the notes of music, or to read music; to read a book.
(v. t.) Hence, to know fully; to comprehend.
(v. t.) To discover or understand by characters, marks, features, etc.; to learn by observation.
(v. t.) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks; as, to read theology or law.
(v. i.) To give advice or counsel.
(v. i.) To tell; to declare.
(v. i.) To perform the act of reading; to peruse, or to go over and utter aloud, the words of a book or other like document.
(v. i.) To study by reading; as, he read for the bar.
(v. i.) To learn by reading.
(v. i.) To appear in writing or print; to be expressed by, or consist of, certain words or characters; as, the passage reads thus in the early manuscripts.
(v. i.) To produce a certain effect when read; as, that sentence reads queerly.
(v. t.) Saying; sentence; maxim; hence, word; advice; counsel. See Rede.
(v.) Reading.
Imp. & p. p. of Read, v. t. & i.
(a.) Instructed or knowing by reading; versed in books; learned.