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 But that awareness, however dearly purchased, is important for the future, according to Barnard-Lowe. Jon Kelvey,, "Tuesday is World Suicide Prevention Day and Carroll is making new efforts," 10 Sep. 2019 Valerie loved her family and friends dearly and lovingly hosted the family's Labor Day cookout and Christmas Brunch., "Valerie McFadden Vereen," 24 July 2019 Although the kicking game cost the Spartans dearly, the coaching staff has to take responsibility for how rushed Michigan State was at the end. oregonlive, "Arizona State edges No. 18 Michigan State in wild finish," 14 Sep. 2019 She will be dearly missed by her family and friends., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/9," 9 Sep. 2019 From her selflessness and quiet joy to her world-famous pound cake, she will be dearly missed by all who knew her., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/5," 5 Sep. 2019 There was no one quite like him, and he will be dearly missed. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Peter Lindbergh, Fashion Photographer, Has Died," 4 Sep. 2019 Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week A brief history of all the vanity license plates that have cost their owners dearly in mistaken fines. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News," 25 Aug. 2019 There will never be another one like him, and he will be dearly missed by so many. CBS News, "Former NFL running back Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle crash," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dearly

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

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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