dearly


dear·ly

adverb

: very much

: in a way that is difficult or severe

Full Definition of DEARLY

1
:  with affection :  fondly
2
:  heartily, earnestly <prayed so dearly for peace>
3
:  at a high rate or price <paid dearly for the error>

Examples of DEARLY

  1. I would dearly love to see them again.
  2. He dearly wanted to believe that it was true.

First Known Use of DEARLY

13th century

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