dear (adj.) 3
of great worth, valuable, precious
3H6 V.i.69 [Richard to Montague] Thou and thy brother both shall buy this treason / Even with the dearest blood your bodies bear
Cym V.iv.23 [Posthumus alone, of his life compared to Innogen's] 'Tis not so dear [also: cherished]
JC IV.iii.101 [Cassius to Brutus, of his own heart] Dearer than Pluto's mine, richer than gold
LLL II.i.9 [Boyet to Princess] Be now as prodigal of all dear grace / As Nature was in making graces dear [first instance]
MA I.i.120 [Beatrice to Benedick, of his loving no women] A dear happiness to women
MV I.i.62 [Antonio to Salerio and Solanio] Your worth is very dear in my regard
R2 I.i.130 [Mowbray to Bolingbroke] my sovereign liege was in my debt / Upon remainder of a dear account [i.e. the balance of a heavy debt] [or: sense 3]
Sonn 32.11 [] Had my friend's Muse grown with this loving age, / A dearer birth than this his love had brought
TC III.iii.128 [Ulysses as if to Nature] what things there are / Most abject in regard, and dear in use!
Tem III.i.39 [Ferdinand to Miranda, of her name] the top of admiration, worth / What's dearest to the world