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.

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The Yankees, Twins, Red Sox, Angels, Braves, Phillies and Brewers all have rotation openings and would pay dearly for someone with Wheeler’s upside. Jon Tayler,, "The Best Possible Deal for Every National League Team Before the Trade Deadline," 11 July 2019 In acquiring a closer, the Mets were paying dearly for a notoriously volatile — and often easy-to-fill — position. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "At the All-Star Futures Game, Two Reminders of a Painful Mets Trade," 7 July 2019 And much worse: Hundreds of thousands of American workers and their families would pay dearly for such egotistical misjudgments on the part of Iacocca and other Detroit execs. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca wasn't perfect: 3 times the auto icon got it all wrong," 6 July 2019 The children—dearly loved daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends—were innocents whose lives ended by an act of terror. Chandrima Chakraborty, Quartz India, "Canada’s indifference to the 1985 Air India bombing is disturbing," 24 June 2019 China has paid dearly for its attempts to squeeze Hong Kong. The Economist, "The rule of law in Hong Kong," 13 June 2019 After a season in which his loyalty to the Warriors was doubted - even by teammate Draymond Green last fall - Durant accepted the risk and paid for it dearly. Ben Golliver,, "How Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury affects his future and the NBA landscape," 11 June 2019 However, at a starting price of $6,000, those folks will pay dearly to get all that power. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's Week Was Dominated by WWDC, Regulators, and a Mac Surprise," 8 June 2019 She will be forever remembered and her special qualities will be missed dearly by all who knew her., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/30," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of dearly

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

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