dear·​ly ˈdir-lē How to pronounce dearly (audio)
: with affection : fondly
: heartily, earnestly
prayed so dearly for peace
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dearly was in the 13th century

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“Dearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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