by bad luck; "unfortunately it rained all day"; "alas, I cannot stay"
at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"
with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"
with or in a close or intimate relationship;
a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"
a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
inquire into; "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"
an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property; "they wrote a program to do a table lookup"
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are
give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these students"
examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"
put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"