dear·​ly | \ ˈdir-lē How to pronounce dearly (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

I would dearly love to see them again. He dearly wanted to believe that it was true.
Recent Examples on the Web Kim Cattrall's titillating character Samantha Jones will be dearly missed, but with the original HBO series' A list roster of guest stars, Billboard couldn't help but wonder: Which musician should make an appearance on the reboot? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Which Musician Should Guest Star on the 'Sex and the City' Reboot? Vote!," 11 Jan. 2021 Brooks-Moon missed fans dearly this year, as they weren’t permitted at Oracle Park. John Shea,, "‘I’m being heard’: How Renel Brooks-Moon became Giants’ voice of reason," 28 Dec. 2020 Why does the family of the late Brenden Keikisz say Cuyahoga County should pay dearly for his suicide in the county jail? Laura Johnston, cleveland, "We don’t have to pay the corrupt HB6 fees in our electric bills: This Week in the CLE," 22 Dec. 2020 John Lewis, the dearly departed, like many others shed blood on that bridge. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kamala Harris is on the cover of Elle magazine's November issue," 6 Oct. 2020 Much responsibility will fall on a handful of young players, some of whom are younger than the Spurs’ dearly departed 22-year playoff streak. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ 2020 vision? Go younger, faster and (hopefully) to the playoffs," 19 Dec. 2020 The British Prime Minister won the race to be the first Western leader to announce the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine -- offering the promise to his people of a return to dearly missed normal life within months. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump shows how to get away with almost anything," 3 Dec. 2020 The Wildcats have dearly missed the play of their two starting inside linebackers Justin Hughes and Elijah Sullivan over the last two weeks. Dallas News, "5 things Texas fans need to know about Kansas State: Wildcats desperate to end losing skid," 2 Dec. 2020 LAist has this round-up of opportunities to safely remember and celebrate the dearly departed. Rebecca Plevin, USA TODAY, "In California: Fires blaze in the OC; wear a mask while cheering the Dodgers," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2021

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“Dearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dearly

: very much
: in a way that is difficult or severe

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