hold (someone or something) dear

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hold (someone or something) dear

To consider someone or something to be very valuable or important, especially at a personal level. Even though this old pocket watch doesn't work anymore, I still hold it dear as it was the last thing my grandfather ever gave me. I consider myself a pretty gregarious person, but there are only a few people I truly hold dear.
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hold somebody/something ˈdear

(formal) feel that somebody/something is of great value: He laughed at the ideas they held dear.
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WALKER Robert William Although you are no longer here, In our hearts we hold you dear, But the time has come once more, To join the loved ones at Heaven's door.
So be happy for me, dear ones, You know I hold you dear.
So be happy for me dear ones, you know I hold you dear, And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.