pre·​cious·​ly | \ ˈpre-shəs-lē How to pronounce preciously (audio) \

Definition of preciously

1 : in a precious manner
2 : precious

Examples of preciously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctor visits over Zoom became popular, in a phenomenon the company hadn't preciously seen. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 17 May 2022 The new event essentially takes over the spot in May’s upfront week preciously occupied by WarnerMedia. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Those archives offer knowledge, direct inquiring minds and, perhaps most preciously, invite us to stretch our imaginations and reject the most myopic parts of the present. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 Europe has been the top destination for U.S. LNG exports for the last three months, where ratepayers are spending preciously for it—to be clear, this is not charity. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 In that regard, Spall’s Tom feels respectable, gracious and capable, with believable vulnerabilities that are never portrayed preciously for cheap laughs. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 18 Feb. 2022 The painter, like the enigmatic Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, had a preciously small output, with only around 34 canvases thought to have survived to today. CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 This pandemic Christmas Eve has turned what should be a preciously scarce moment to spend time with her family into yet another daily instalment of her life as a widow who lives alone. Emilio Morenatti, ajc, 25 Dec. 2020 Case in point: Prince George sported a preciously preppy striped sweater on an outing to the London Palladium with his parents and siblings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 11 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of preciously

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2022

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“Preciously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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