variants: or lyo-

Definition of ly- 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : degrading : reduction lyase

2 : dispersed state : dispersion lyophilic

\; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, New England, often libut not shown at individual entries\

Definition of -ly (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : like in appearance, manner, or nature : having the characteristics of queenly fatherly

2 : characterized by regular recurrence in (specified) units of time : every hourly weekly

Definition of -ly (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : in a (specified) manner slowly

b : at a (specified) time interval annually

2 : from a (specified) point of view eschatologically

3 : with respect to partly

4 : to a (specified) degree relatively

5 : in a (specified) place in a series secondly

Examples of ly- in a Sentence

Adverb suffix

The paper is published weekly.

History and Etymology for ly-

Combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek lyein to loosen, dissolve — more at lose

Adjective suffix

Middle English, from Old English -līc, -lic; akin to Old High German -līh, -lic, Old English līc body — more at like entry 3

Adverb suffix

Middle English, from Old English -līce, -lice, from -līc, adjective suffix

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English Language Learners Definition of -ly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: similar in appearance, manner, or nature to a (specified) person

: characterized by regular occurrence in (specified) periods of time

English Language Learners Definition of -ly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a (specified) manner

: in a (specified) period of time

: to a (specified) degree or extent


Kids Definition of -ly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : like : similar to fatherly

2 : happening in each specified period of time : every hourly

Kids Definition of -ly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a specified manner slowly

2 : from a specified point of view grammatically

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living or existing for a long time

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