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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. We purport to hold these values dear, but our actions contradict them.
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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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This group is only concerned with conserving those values that Britons of all colours and creeds hold dear.
As that Remembrance Day service came to an end last year, I remembered those things that I hold dear and that give me strength as a priest, a military chaplain and a woman: my grandfathers and their military service, my family, nay faith and my community.
is this the Christian honor we are supposed to hold dear? I kept reading his text, and to the reactions from his peers and foes alike, and returning to these images.
It puts me in mind of the sign-carrying pro-life folks who have never had to deal with a pregnant 12-year-old who is living in a shelter because Mom "stood by her man." Working with sexually abused children forces a person to rethink all of the absolute beliefs they hold dear.
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Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Patriot Act has equipped law enforcement with critical tools--tools necessary to construct America's defense against threats to the freedoms we hold dear.
Veteran children's author David Harrison creates a collection of poems that speak to the topics children hold dear: icky boys (or girls), stinky socks, the genius in class, disgusting lunches, telling (or keeping) secrets, the anticipation of hitting baseball, and every minute of the school day.
For African Americans who observe Kwanzaa, we give to underscore values of community and cooperation we hold dear. At our house we celebrate both.
We are talking about a war being waged by organized evil on a global scale--a conspiracy of evil men leading the World Revolution that seeks to overthrow everything that you and I and every decent American hold dear. They intend to sweep away totally our present system of sovereign nation states, with their individual constitutions, legal codes, traditions, and customs, to be replaced by a new world order, a global, collectivist, Orwellian police state.
The latter, a friend of "classical" modernism, complained in 1913 of the "surface artists" in whose work "images have become slogans"--anticipating what some late-twentieth century modernist standard-bearers would say in the face of postmodernist deflation of the ideals they hold dear.
On the other hand, much lies beyond our control: the loss of all we hold dear, the deaths of those we most love.
Making a will ensures that the assets you have acquired, such as home equity, cars, mutual funds, savings accounts, art, and antiques, can go to the people and causes you hold dear. If you do not have a will, or wish to make a change in an existing will, contact an attorney to help design one that fully addresses all of your needs.
I hold dear the issue of human rights; it is very important and significant to me.
"That's what I hold dear to my heart--his memory, not the money he left me." Added Anderson's former colleague and girlfriend Jenny Bacon, "You're very lucky as a teacher to reach one kid a year, and Marc reached dozens every year.
But as Diane Ravitch, a history and education professor at New York University, said, "Our ability to defend--intelligently and thoughtfully--what we as a nation hold dear depends on our knowledge and understanding of what we hold dear." And as President Ronald Reagan once warned, "the eradication of American memory" will lead to "an erosion of the American spirit."