dearly

adverb dear·ly
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

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

  1. I would dearly love to see them again.

  2. He dearly wanted to believe that it was true.

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DEARLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dearly for English Language Learners

  • : very much

  • : in a way that is difficult or severe



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