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 He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him., "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/3," 3 Dec. 2019 Jennie also leaves her adoring grandchildren Scott Marcus, Christine Marcus, Kevin Marcus, and Dominique Marcus, who will miss their Nana dearly., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/3," 3 Oct. 2019 Miguel has many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and step children and their children, who loved him dearly., "Miguel Nunez," 15 Nov. 2019 That’s important, obviously, given the Men would dearly love to help Finley with ball control and play action. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The good and bad from the UC Bearcats' opening loss to Ohio State," 7 Nov. 2019 You are missed by all of us more than words can ever say, my precious, vivacious and dearly loved youngest daughter. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Let’s hear it from the Peanut Gallery: ‘It’s Howdy Doody time!’," 29 Sep. 2019 While its most notable proponent is, of course, James Bond and his famously fussy order in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the drink goes beyond associations with those who have loved it dearly. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "How To Speak Fluent Martini," 19 Sep. 2019 And both parties have their eyes on Kentucky, where Democrats would dearly love to defeat their nemesis, Mr. McConnell. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal. Here Are the Key Races They’re Watching.," 31 Aug. 2019 Nintendo is betting that there are plenty of players who fit in this category, players who don’t already own a regular Switch that Nintendo would dearly love to have as customers. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Nintendo’s Switch Lite doesn’t have to switch to be a success," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Dearly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dearly

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

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