ly-

combining form

Definition of ly-

  1. 1 :  degrading :  reduction <lyase>

  2. 2 :  dispersed state :  dispersion <lyophilic>

Variants of ly-

or

lyo-

Origin and Etymology of ly-

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek lyein to loosen, dissolve — more at lose


1

-ly

adjective suffix \lē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, New England, often li but not shown at individual entries\

Definition of -ly

  1. 1 :  like in appearance, manner, or nature :  having the characteristics of <queenly> <fatherly>

  2. 2 :  characterized by regular recurrence in (specified) units of time :  every <hourly> <weekly>

Origin and Etymology of -ly

Middle English, from Old English -līc, -lic; akin to Old High German -līh, -lic, Old English līc body — more at like


2

-ly

adverb suffix

Definition of -ly

  1. 1 a :  in a (specified) manner <slowly> b :  at a (specified) time interval <annually>

  2. 2 :  from a (specified) point of view <eschatologically>

  3. 3 :  with respect to <partly>

  4. 4 :  to a (specified) degree <relatively>

  5. 5 :  in a (specified) place in a series <secondly>

Examples of -ly in a sentence

  1. The paper is published weekly.

Origin and Etymology of -ly

Middle English, from Old English -līce, -lice, from -līc, adjective suffix


LY- Defined for English Language Learners


1

-ly

adjective suffix \lē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, New England, often li but not shown at individual entries\

Definition of -ly for English Language Learners

  • : similar in appearance, manner, or nature to a (specified) person

  • : characterized by regular occurrence in (specified) periods of time


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-ly

adverb suffix

Definition of -ly for English Language Learners

  • : in a (specified) manner

  • : in a (specified) period of time

  • : to a (specified) degree or extent


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