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Dear vs. Dearest: Know the Difference

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"Dear" is a term of affection or politeness, often used in greetings, while "Dearest" implies a higher level of intimacy or affection, often reserved for very close relationships.
Dear vs. Dearest

Key Differences

"Dear" is commonly used in both formal and informal contexts, like starting a letter or addressing a friend. "Dearest," however, denotes a stronger emotional connection, typically used for loved ones or in romantic contexts.
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While "Dear" conveys warmth and affection, it is more neutral and versatile. "Dearest" implies a deeper level of endearment, suggesting a closer, more intimate bond.
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"Dear" is more frequently used due to its versatility in various contexts. "Dearest" is less common and often reserved for special, personal situations.
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Historically, "Dear" has been a standard term in correspondence. "Dearest" has been more associated with romantic literature and personal, heartfelt letters.
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In different cultures and languages, the translation of "Dear" is widely recognized, while "Dearest" might have specific, culturally unique interpretations or equivalents.
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Comparison Chart

Level of Affection

Moderate, friendly
Intense, intimate
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Usage Context

Both formal and informal
Mostly informal and personal
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Frequency in Language

Common
Less common
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Tone

Warm, polite
Deeply affectionate, loving
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Variations

Broad, versatile interpretations
More specific, intense connotations
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Dear and Dearest Definitions

Dear

Affectionate Address
Dear John, began the letter.
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Dearest

Most Loved
To my dearest mother.
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Dear

High Cost
Gasoline has become dear recently.
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Dearest

Endearment in Letters
Dearest, I miss you, the letter read.
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Dear

Loved and cherished
My dearest friend.
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Dearest

Intense Affection
You are my dearest friend, he said.
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Dear

Greatly valued; precious
Lost everything dear to them.
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Dearest

Heartfelt Expression
My dearest hope is to see you again.
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Dear

Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations
Dear Lee Dawson.
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Dearest

Loved and cherished
My dearest friend.
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Dear

High-priced; expensive.
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Dearest

Greatly valued; precious
Lost everything dear to them.
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Dear

Charging high prices.
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Dearest

Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations
Dear Lee Dawson.
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Dear

Earnest; ardent
"This good man was a dear lover and constant practicer of angling" (Izaak Walton).
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Dearest

High-priced; expensive.
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Dear

(Obsolete) Noble; worthy.
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Dearest

Charging high prices.
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Dear

Heartfelt
It is my dearest wish.
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Dearest

Earnest; ardent
"This good man was a dear lover and constant practicer of angling" (Izaak Walton).
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Severe; grievous; sore
Our dearest need.
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Dearest

(Obsolete) Noble; worthy.
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Dear

A person who is greatly loved. Often used as a form of address.
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Dearest

Heartfelt
It is my dearest wish.
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Dear

An endearing, lovable, or kind person
What a dear she is!.
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Dearest

Severe; grievous; sore
Our dearest need.
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Dear

With fondness; affectionately.
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Dearest

A person who is greatly loved. Often used as a form of address.
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Dear

At a high cost
Sold their wares dear.
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Dearest

An endearing, lovable, or kind person
What a dear she is!.
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Dear

Used as a polite exclamation, chiefly of surprise or distress
Oh dear.
Dear me.
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Dearest

With fondness; affectionately.
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Dear

(UK) High in price; expensive.
The dearer the jewel, the greater the love expressed.
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Dearest

At a high cost
Sold their wares dear.
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Dear

Loved; lovable.
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Dearest

Used as a polite exclamation, chiefly of surprise or distress
Oh dear.
Dear me.
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Dear

Lovely; kind.
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Dearest

A beloved person; a term of endearment.
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Dear

Loving, affectionate, heartfelt
Such dear embrace tenderly comforts even in this dear sorrow.
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Dearest

A beloved person; used as terms of endearment
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Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
The dearer the giver, the dearer the trinket he brings!
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Dearest

Extremely Precious
Her dearest possession was the family album.
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Dear

A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.
Dear Sir/Madam/Miss, please notice our offices will be closed during the following bank holidays:nb....
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A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.
My dear friend, I feel better as soon as you come sit beside my sickbed!
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Dear

An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior.
My dear boy, if your grades don't pick up I won't bounce you on, but over my knee!
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Dear

(obsolete) Noble.
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Severe, or severely affected; sore.
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Dear

(obsolete) Fierce.
The Christens found the heathens dear, as the lion doth the bear.
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A very kind, loving person.
My little cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.
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Dear

A beloved person.
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An affectionate, familiar term of address, such as used between husband and wife.
Pass me the salt, would you dear?
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An elderly person, especially a woman.
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Dear

(obsolete) To endear.
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Dearly; at a high price.
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Dear

(dated) Indicating surprise, pity, or disapproval.
Dear, dear! Whatever were they thinking?
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Dear

Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear.
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Dear

Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
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Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.
Neither count I my life dear unto myself.
And the last joy was dearer than the rest.
Dear as remember'd kisses after death.
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Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.
[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear causeWill in concealment wrap me up awhile.
His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall.
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Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
In our dear peril.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heavenOr ever I had seen that day.
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A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
That kiss I carried from thee, dear.
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Dearly; at a high price.
If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear.
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To endear.
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Dear

A beloved person; used as terms of endearment
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A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
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Dear

Dearly loved
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With or in a close or intimate relationship;
A good friend
My sisters and brothers are near and dear
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Dear

Earnest;
One's dearest wish
Devout wishes for their success
Heartfelt condolences
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Dear

Having a high price;
Costly jewelry
High-priced merchandise
Much too dear for my pocketbook
A pricey restaurant
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Dear

With affection;
She loved him dearly
He treats her affectionately
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At a great cost;
He paid dearly for the food
This cost him dear
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Precious or Valued
This painting is dear to me.
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Dear

Earnest Appeal
He made a dear wish for peace.
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Dear

Informal Greeting
Hello, dear, she greeted her friend.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can 'Dear' be used in formal letters?

Yes, 'Dear' is commonly used in formal letters.
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Is 'Dearest' appropriate for professional communication?

No, 'Dearest' is too intimate for professional contexts.
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Can 'Dear' be a term of endearment?

Yes, 'Dear' is often used affectionately.
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Can 'Dear' be a standalone greeting?

Yes, like saying "Dear" to grab someone's attention.
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Does 'Dearest' have cultural specific meanings?

Its interpretation can vary across cultures.
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Can 'Dear' indicate high cost?

Yes, 'Dear' can refer to something costly.
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Do 'Dear' and 'Dearest' have different historical origins?

Both share similar historical origins but have evolved differently in use.
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Is 'Dearest' used in everyday speech?

'Dearest' is less common in daily conversation, reserved for close relationships.
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Does 'Dearest' imply a deeper connection than 'Dear'?

Yes, 'Dearest' suggests a stronger emotional bond.
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Can 'Dearest' be used ironically?

Rarely, as it's primarily a sincere term of endearment.
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Does 'Dear' have different connotations in different contexts?

Yes, its meaning can shift based on context.
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Is 'Dearest' only for romantic relationships?

No, it can also be used for very close friendships or family.
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Is 'Dearest' a common term in modern correspondence?

It's less common, more personal and intimate.
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Is 'Dear' suitable for casual greetings?

Yes, 'Dear' can be used casually, like "Hello, dear."
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Is 'Dearest' commonly used in literature?

Yes, especially in romantic or historical texts.
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Can 'Dear' be used sarcastically?

Yes, though it's context-dependent.
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Are 'Dear' and 'Dearest' interchangeable?

No, due to their differing levels of intimacy.
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Are there variations of 'Dear' in different languages?

Yes, 'Dear' is translated and adapted in many languages.
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Can 'Dear' signify earnest appeal?

Yes, as in "a dear wish" or "dear hope."
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Can 'Dearest' be used in formal writing?

It's generally too intimate for formal contexts.
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