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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (superl.) Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.

2. (superl.) Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.

3. (superl.) Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious.

4. (superl.) Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention.

5. (superl.) of agreeable things and interests.

6. (superl.) of disagreeable things and antipathies.

7. (n.) A dear one; lover; sweetheart.

8. (adv.) Dearly; at a high price.

9. (v. t.) To endear.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

der, der'-li ("held at a great price," "highly valued"): In Acts 20:24, Paul does not hold his life "dear" (timios, "at a price"); compare 1 Corinthians 3:12, "costly stones"; 1 Peter 1:19, "precious blood." Luke 7:2, the servant was "dear" to the centurion (entimos, "highly prized"; compare Philippians 2:29 1 Peter 2:6). 1 Thessalonians 2:8, "very dear to us" (agapetos, "beloved"). In the Revised Version (British and American), agapetos is generally translated "beloved." "Dearly" before "beloved" of the King James Version is omitted in all passages in the Revised Version (British and American). The word "dear" occurs but once in the Old Testament, namely, Jeremiah 31:20. the Revised Version (British and American) correctly changes "dear Son" of the King James Version (Colossians 1:13) into "the Son of his love."

H. E. Jacobs

5384. philos -- beloved, dear, friendly
... beloved, dear, friendly. Part of Speech: Adjective; Indeclinable Numeral (Adjective)
Transliteration: philos Phonetic Spelling: (fee'-los) Short Definition ...
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27. agapetos -- beloved
... Word Origin from agapao Definition beloved NASB Word Usage beloved (60), very dear
(1). beloved, dear. From agapao; beloved -- (dearly, well) beloved, dear. ...
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5093. timios -- valued, precious
... Word Origin from time Definition valued, precious NASB Word Usage dear (1), honor
(1), precious (8), respected (1), very costly (2). dear, honorable, precious. ...
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1784. entimos -- valued, precious
... dear, highly regarded, precious,. From en and time; valued (figuratively) -- dear,
more honourable, precious, in reputation. see GREEK en. see GREEK time. ...
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5095. Timotheos -- Timothy, a Christian
... Timothy, Timotheus. From time and theos; dear to God; Timotheus, a Christian --
Timotheus, Timothy. see GREEK time. see GREEK theos. (timothee) -- 2 Occurrences ...
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26. agape -- love, goodwill
... charity, love. From agapao; love, ie Affection or benevolence; specially (plural)
a love-feast -- (feast of) charity(-ably), dear, love. see GREEK agapao. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
3357. yaqqir -- very precious, dear
... 3356, 3357. yaqqir. 3358 . very precious, dear. Transliteration: yaqqir
Phonetic Spelling: (yak-keer') Short Definition: dear. Word ...
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8535. tam -- complete
... From tamam; complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically, gentle, dear -- coupled
together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright. see HEBREW tamam. ...
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My Dear Celine
// of a soul/xvi my dear celine.htm

O Dear Little Children
... No. 6 O Dear Little Children. CHRISTMAS O Dear Little Children. Carol Translated
by Sister Jeanne Marie Traditional Melody Arr. By NAM. ...
/.../various/the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 6 o dear little.htm

Dear Crown of all the virgin-Choir
... No. 109 Dear Crown of all the Virgin-choir. SAINTS, Feasts of Virgins
Dear Crown of all the Virgin-choir Jesu, corona Virginum. ...
/.../various/the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 109 dear crown of.htm

Dear Angel! ever at My Side
... No. 112 Dear Angel! ever at my side. ANGELS Dear Angel! ever at my side. The Guardian
Angel Father Faber Nicola A. Montani. Semplice. 1. Dear angel! ...
/.../the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 112 dear angel ever.htm

Letter v. Yes, My Dear Friend, it is My Conviction that in all ...
it is my conviction that in all ordinary cases the knowledge� ...
/.../coleridge/confessions of an inquiring spirit etc/letter v yes my dear.htm

Letter vii. You are Now, My Dear Friend, in Possession of My Whole ...
dear friend, in possession of my whole mind on this point� ...
/.../coleridge/confessions of an inquiring spirit etc/letter vii you are now.htm

Dear Little One! How Sweet Thou Art
... No. 127 Dear little One! how sweet Thou art. FOR CHILDREN The Infant
Jesus Dear little One! how sweet Thou art. Christmas For ...
/.../the st gregory hymnal and catholic choir book/no 127 dear little one.htm

"I Believe, My Dear Sulpitius, that You Remember with what ...
... Dialogues of Sulpitius Severus. Chapter XII. "I believe, my dear Sulpitius,
that you remember with what emphasis he extolled to us� ...
/.../severus/life and writings of sulpitius severus /chapter xii i believe my.htm

But, Dear Theophilus, I must Now Tell You that I Want to Make ...
... [Way-1-28] But, dear Theophilus, I must now tell you that I want to make
haste in� But, dear Theophilus, I must now tell you that ...
/.../law/the way to divine knowledge/way-1-28 but dear theophilus i.htm

The Church Triumphant 512. For Thee, O Dear, Dear Country
... V. THE CHURCH The Church Triumphant 512. For thee, O dear, dear country. [1964]Homeland: ... Tr. John Mason Neale, 1858. For thee, O dear, dear country,. ...
/.../the church triumphant 512 for.htm

Dear (120 Occurrences)
... 2. (superl.) Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear
year. ... 7. (n.) A dear one; lover; sweetheart. 8. (adv.) Dearly; at a high price. ...
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Dearly (30 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (adv.) In a dear manner; with affection; heartily;
earnestly; as, to love one dearly. ... Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DEAR; DEARLY. ...
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Friends (152 Occurrences)
... (BBE). Acts 15:25 we have unanimously decided to select certain men and send them
to you in company with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, (WEY NIV). ...
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Greetings (48 Occurrences)
... Greetings to my dear Epaenetus, who was the earliest convert to Christ in the
province of Asia; (WEY). ... Greet the believers who hold us dear. ...
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Much-loved (2 Occurrences)
... John 21:17 A third time Jesus put the question: "Simon, son of John, am I dear to
you?" It grieved Peter that Jesus asked him the third time, "Am I dear to you ...
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Friend (139 Occurrences)
... John 11:3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, Lord, your dear friend is ill. (BBE). ...
3 John 1:1 The Elder to his dear friend Gaius. Truly I love you. (WEY NIV). ...
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Holds (67 Occurrences)
... John 12:25 He who holds his life dear, is destroying it; and he who makes his life
of no account in this world shall keep it to the Life of the Ages. (WEY). ...
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Troubled (244 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). John 21:17 He said to him
a third time, Simon, son of John, am I dear to you? Now ...
/t/troubled.htm - 36k

Held (223 Occurrences)
... (WBS). John 11:36 "See how dear he held him," said the Jews. (WEY). John 11:47
Therefore the High Priests and the Pharisees held a meeting of the Sanhedrin. ...
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Resting (117 Occurrences)
... well. (BBE). John 13:23 There was at table one of his disciples, the one
dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast. (BBE). ...
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Bible Concordance
Dear (120 Occurrences)

Luke 7:2 A certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and at the point of death.

Luke 15:31 "'You my dear son,' said the father, 'are always with me, and all that is mine is also yours.

John 11:3 So the sisters sent to Him to say, "Master, he whom you hold dear is ill."

John 11:36 "See how dear he held him," said the Jews.

John 12:25 He who holds his life dear, is destroying it; and he who makes his life of no account in this world shall keep it to the Life of the Ages.

John 13:23 There was at table one of his disciples, the one dear to Jesus, resting his head on Jesus' breast.

John 13:33 Dear children, I am still with you a little longer. You will seek me, but, as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going you cannot come,' so for the present I say to you.

John 14:23 Jesus said to him in answer, If anyone has love for me, he will keep my words: and he will be dear to my Father; and we will come to him and make our living-place with him.

John 16:27 for the Father Himself holds you dear, because you have held me dear and have believed that I came from the Father's presence.

John 19:26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son!

John 20:2 So she ran, as fast as she could, to find Simon Peter and the other disciple--the one who was dear to Jesus--and to tell them, "They have taken the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have put Him."

John 21:7 So the disciple who was dear to Jesus said to Peter, It is the Lord! Hearing that it was the Lord, Peter put his coat round him (because he was not clothed) and went into the sea.

John 21:15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others do?" "Yes, Master," was his answer; "you know that you are dear to me." "Then feed my lambs," replied Jesus.

John 21:16 Again a second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Master," he said, "you know that you are dear to me." "Then be a shepherd to my sheep," He said.

John 21:17 A third time Jesus put the question: "Simon, son of John, am I dear to you?" It grieved Peter that Jesus asked him the third time, "Am I dear to you?" "Master," he replied, "you know everything, you can see that you are dear to me." "Then feed my much-loved sheep," said Jesus.

John 21:20 Then Peter, turning round, saw the disciple who was dear to Jesus coming after them--the disciple who was resting on his breast at the last meal, and said, Lord, who is it who will be false to you?

Acts 13:22 And having put him on one side, he made David their king, to whom he gave witness, saying, I have taken David, the son of Jesse, a man dear to my heart, who will do all my pleasure.

Acts 15:25 we have unanimously decided to select certain men and send them to you in company with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul,

Acts 20:24 But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Romans 16:5 Greetings, too, to the Church that meets at their house. Greetings to my dear Epaenetus, who was the earliest convert to Christ in the province of Asia;

Romans 16:8 Greetings to Ampliatus, dear to me in the Lord;

Romans 16:9 to Urban, our fellow labourer in Christ, and to my dear Stachys.

Romans 16:12 Greetings to those Christian workers, Tryphaena and Tryphosa; also to dear Persis, who has laboured strenuously in the Lord's work.

1 Corinthians 4:14 I am not writing all this to shame you, but I am offering you advice as my dearly-loved children.
(Root in WEY BBE NIV)

1 Corinthians 4:17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you. Spiritually he is my dearly-loved and faithful child. He will remind you of my habits as a Christian teacher--the manner in which I teach everywhere in every Church.
(Root in WEY BBE)

1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brethren, be firm, unmovable, busily occupied at all times in the Lord's work, knowing that your toil is not fruitless in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 6:21 But in order that you also may know how I am doing, Tychicus our dearly-loved brother and faithful helper in the Lord's service will tell you everything.
(Root in WEY NIV)

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Colossians 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Colossians 4:7 Tychicus will give you news of all my business: he is a dear brother and true servant and helper in the word;

Colossians 4:9 And with him I send our dear and trusty brother Onesimus, who is one of yourselves. They will inform you of everything here.

1 Thessalonians 1:4 Being conscious, my brothers, dear to God, that you have been marked out by God's purpose;

1 Thessalonians 2:8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

1 Timothy 6:2 And let those whose masters are of the faith have respect for them because they are brothers, working for them the more readily, because those who take part in the good work are of the faith and are dear. Give orders and teaching about these things.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 3:15 Every one here sends you greeting. Greet the believers who hold us dear. May grace be with you all.

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

Philemon 1:16 no longer as a slave, but as something better than a slave--a brother peculiarly dear to me, and even dearer to you, both as a servant and as a fellow Christian.

Hebrews 6:9 But we, even while we speak in this tone, have a happier conviction concerning you, my dearly-loved friends--a conviction of things which point towards salvation.
(Root in WEY NIV)

Hebrews 11:35 Women received back their dear ones alive from the dead; and others were put to death with torture, refusing the deliverance offered to them--that they might secure a better resurrection.

James 1:16 Do not be deceived, my dearly-loved brethren.
(Root in WEY BBE NIV)

James 1:19 You know this, my dearly-loved brethren. But let every one be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to be angry.
(Root in WEY BBE NIV)

James 2:5 Listen, my dearly-loved brethren. Has not God chosen those whom the world regards as poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which He has promised to those that love Him?
(Root in WEY BBE NIV)

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at finding that that scorching flame of persecution is raging among you to put you to the test--as though some surprising thing were accidentally happening to you.

2 Peter 3:1 This letter which I am now writing to you, dear friends, is my second letter. In both my letters I seek to revive in your honest minds the memory of certain things,

2 Peter 3:8 But there is one thing, dear friends, which you must not forget. With the Lord one day resembles a thousand years and a thousand years resemble one day.

2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, dear friends, since you have these expectations, earnestly seek to be found in His presence, free from blemish or reproach, in peace.

2 Peter 3:15 And always regard the patient forbearance of our Lord as salvation, as our dear brother Paul also has written to you in virtue of the wisdom granted to him.

2 Peter 3:17 You, therefore, dear friends, having been warned beforehand, must continually be on your guard so as not to be led astray by the false teaching of immoral men nor fall from your own stedfastness.

1 John 2:1 Dear children, I write thus to you in order that you may not sin. If any one sins, we have an Advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ the righteous;

1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, dear children, because for His sake your sins are forgiven you.

1 John 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.
(See NIV)

1 John 2:18 Dear children, the last hour has come; and as you once heard that there was to be an anti-Christ, so even now many anti-Christs have appeared. By this we may know that the last hour has come.

1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in union with Him; so that, if He re-appears, we may have perfect confidence, and may not shrink away in shame from His presence at His Coming.

1 John 3:2 Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been fully revealed. We know that if Christ reappears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.

1 John 3:7 Dear children, let no one lead you astray. The man who acts righteously is righteous, just as He is righteous.

1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love in words only nor with the lips, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have perfect confidence towards God;

1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but put the spirits to the test to see whether they are from God; for many false teachers have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:4 As for you, dear children, you are God's children, and have successfully resisted them; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another; for love has its origin in God, and every one who loves has become a child of God and is beginning to know God.

1 John 4:11 Dear friends, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 5:21 Dear children, guard yourselves from idols.

2 John 1:5 Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. The Revelation to John

3 John 1:1 The Elder to his dear friend Gaius. Truly I love you.

3 John 1:2 My dear friend, I pray that you may in all respects prosper and enjoy good health, just as your soul already prospers.

3 John 1:5 My dear friend, you are acting faithfully in all your behaviour towards the brethren, even when they are strangers to you.

3 John 1:11 My dear friend, do not follow wrong examples, but right ones. He who habitually does what is right is a child of God: he who habitually does what is wrong has not seen God.

Jude 1:3 Dear friends, since I am eager to begin a letter to you on the subject of our common salvation, I find myself constrained to write and cheer you on to the vigorous defense of the faith delivered once for all to God's people.

Revelation 3:19 All whom I hold dear, I reprove and chastise; therefore be in earnest and repent.

Genesis 44:20 And we said to my lord, We have an old father and a young child, whom he had when he was old; his brother is dead and he is the only son of his mother, and is very dear to his father.

Genesis 47:29 And the time of his death came near, and he sent for his son Joseph and said to him, If now I am dear to you, put your hand under my leg and take an oath that you will not put me to rest in Egypt;

Exodus 21:5 But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:

Deuteronomy 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife of your heart, or the friend who is as dear to you as your life, working on you secretly says to you, Let us go and give worship to other gods, strange to you and to your fathers;

Deuteronomy 15:16 But if he says to you, I have no desire to go away from you; because you and your family are dear to him and he is happy with you;

Deuteronomy 28:54 That man among you who is soft and used to comfort will be hard and cruel to his brother, and to his dear wife, and to of those his children who are still living;

1 Samuel 1:5 But to Hannah he gave one part, though Hannah was very dear to him, but the Lord had not let her have children.

1 Samuel 16:21 And David came to Saul, waiting before him: and he became very dear to Saul, who made him his servant, giving him the care of his arms.

1 Samuel 18:1 Now after David's talk with Saul was ended, the soul of Jonathan was joined with the soul of David, and David became as dear to him as his very life.

1 Samuel 20:3 But David took his oath again and said, Your father sees that I am dear to you; so he says to himself, Let Jonathan have no idea of this, for it will be a grief to him; but as the Lord is living, and as your soul is living, there is only a step between me and death.

1 Samuel 20:17 And Jonathan again took an oath to David, because of his love for him: for David was as dear to him as his very soul.

1 Samuel 26:21 Then Saul said, I have done wrong: come back to me, David my son: I will do you no more wrong, because my life was dear to you today truly, I have been foolish and my error is very great.

1 Samuel 26:24 And so, as your life was dear to me today, may my life be dear to the Lord, and may he make me free from all my troubles.

2 Samuel 1:26 I am full of grief for you, my brother Jonathan: very dear have you been to me: your love for me was a wonder, greater than the love of women.

2 Samuel 12:24 And David gave comfort to his wife Bath-sheba, and he went in to her and had connection with her: and she had a son to whom she gave the name Solomon. And he was dear to the Lord.

2 Samuel 13:21 But when King David had news of all these things he was very angry; but he did not make trouble for Amnon his son, for he was dear to David, being his oldest son.

2 Samuel 19:6 For your haters, it seems, are dear to you, and your friends are hated. For you have made it clear that captains and servants are nothing to you: and now I see that if Absalom was living and we had all been dead today, it would have been right in your eyes.

1 Chronicles 28:19 All this, said David, the design for all these things, has been made dear to me in writing by the hand of the Lord.

1 Chronicles 29:3 And because this house of God is dear to me, I give my private store of gold and silver to the house of my God, in addition to all I have got ready for the holy house;

Nehemiah 13:26 Was it not in these things that Solomon, king of Israel, did wrong? among a number of nations there was no king like him, and he was dear to his God, and God made him king over all Israel: but even he was made to do evil by strange women.

Job 19:19 All the men of my circle keep away from me; and those dear to me are turned against me.

Psalms 26:8 Lord, your house has been dear to me, and the resting-place of your glory.

Psalms 39:11 When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity, You consume his wealth like a moth. Surely every man is but a breath." Selah.
(See RSV)



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