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. 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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I realized that our treasured possessions--curious, that word, actually: it tells us immediately, that these "things," our homes, furniture, objects, hold us dear, as much as we hold them.