dear (adj.) Old form(s): deare , deere, Deerer , deerest
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
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