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 The American healthcare system let labs set prices for Covid-19 tests well above their costs, costing taxpayers and private insurance companies dearly, for three reasons. Tim Halliday, WSJ, 6 June 2022 The social aspect of coffee drinking in Saudi Arabia is held dearly, with decorum dictating how coffee should be drunk and which hand it should be poured with. Hadas Gold And Abeer Salman, CNN, 30 May 2022 Who will be paying dearly to fix this problem that doesn’t exist?, 8 Apr. 2022 But the policy shift should be a wake-up call for borrowers who are already paying dearly to service their outstanding balances. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 Ramping up production is expensive, and investors are demanding profitability, so supply has lagged while drivers pay dearly. New York Times, 3 June 2022 The Russian accounting firms will likely pay more dearly for the split. Jean Eaglesham, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 The taxpayers dearly and man, suppose Shondra does when verdicts against municipalities doesn’t eat well. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Even in eastern Ukraine, Russia's limited territorial gains have been dearly bought. Grayson Quay, The Week, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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