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hold dear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold dear be fond of; be attached to
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Quotations

  • Daniel Dennett
    Daniel Dennett
    “There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.”

Usage

In literature:

But, since he is so loyal to thee, it behoveth thee hold him dear and do him honour.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
Here, Norman, be a dear duck of a brother and hold this skein while I wind, won't you?
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Such hold their honour dear.
"Margaret Tudor" by Annie T. Colcock
And Dear Teacher, holding Emmy Lou's hand, sent them all out.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
She may hold opinions dear to her heart, and sound in themselves.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Having sense and affection remaining, I feel desirous of holding a little fellowship once more with you, my dear old friend.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
He wanted to keep on seeing, seeing that dear face, to hold on longer to that weak hand.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Rose dear, I will put my arm round you, and you can take hold of the stair-rail.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
I shall be there to protest against outrage to what both you and I hold dear.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He has robbed me of everything I hold dear.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Am I to be robbed of all I hold dear, by a common Yankee corporal.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
Dear me, how she holds forth!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Hold up yer 'ead, missie dear, don't let yer face touch the mud.
"Paul the Courageous" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Keep this to yourself as you value your salvation, your pride, or your purse, or whatever else you hold most dear.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Come close to me, and let me hold your hand, dear.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It is needless to say that I was holding to the horse's mane for dear life.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
They hold their scalps dearly.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Sit closer, dear, and let me get hold of your hand.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
For this she loves him, holds him doubly dear; He knows what 'tis to love, but not what 'tis to fear.
"The Emigrant" by Frederick William Thomas
The change will not drive them from all they hold dear.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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In poetry:

Having seen them long,
I hold the flowers so dear
That when they scatter
I find it all the more sad
To bid them my last farewell.
"Having Seen Them Long" by Saigyo
Born in the same propitious year,
Together nurst, together taught;
Each learn'd to hold the other dear,
In perfect unison of thought.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
"And they who sing and they who hear
Alike shall hold thy memory dear,
And pour their blessings on thy head,
O mother of the mighty dead!"
"The Wife Of Manoah To Her Husband" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet we shall see her. We shall meet
Where partings nevermore can come:
There shall we hold communion sweet,
In our Dear Father's Happy Home!
"In Memoriam" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Something of this, dear friend, you know;
And will you take the book from me
That holds this mournful melody,
And softens grief to sadness so?
"With A Copy of: "In Memoriam"" by George MacDonald
Love trusts, and that's enough, my dear.
Trust wins to trust; whereof, my dear,
Love holds to love; and love, my dear,
Is--well, that's all my lore.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

They hold plenty of dear memories for me.
Every family holds dear to its Thanksgiving traditions.
Traditions stay alive only as long as the people who hold them dear.
"In the Family" tells a story about reclaiming your life after forces beyond your control have taken away everything you hold near and dear.
Dear Doctor Z, can watching a Ravens telecast make me ill. 'Real Housewives of Atlanta ' recap, 'Hold on to Your Weaves'.
And today, a tax credit that the president holds dear.
But I can certainly understand why people hold certain objects dear.
The White House is a fascinating, stately and beautiful place that remains a symbol of those values that we Americans hold dear.
On the heels of a pivotal national election, I'd like to remind Americans that it is our troops' service and sacrifice that safeguards our precious right to cast those ballots and savor the freedoms that we hold dear.
While Los Angeles was good to me and is still a place I hold dear, I knew I could do more and thus be more fulfilled if I moved back home.
At stake are values that all Americans hold dear: the free flow of information and the continued betterment of human life.
"Comedy isn"t pretty" is an axiom that Danny DeVito holds dear, alongside "comedy is dark," "comedy is subversion," and, my favorite, "comedy, like people, just ain"t no good".
Photos are treasures that I hold so dear to me, and apparently many Marion Countians feel the same.
Major Web traffic analysis changes announced this week challenge every assumption a Web master holds dear.
Both encouraged us and focused on the Gospel message we all hold dear.
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In science:

It was the first time for me at CERN without Maurice. I will always hold dear the spirited discussions I had with him during previous visits, and I will miss him this time around.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
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