dearly

adverb dear·ly

Definition of dearly

  1. 1 :  with affection :  fondly

  2. 2 :  heartily, earnestly <prayed so dearly for peace>

  3. 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.

13th Century

First Known Use of dearly

13th century



DEARLY Defined for English Language Learners

dearly

adverb dear·ly

Definition of dearly for English Language Learners

  • : very much

  • : in a way that is difficult or severe



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