sore·​ly | \ ˈsȯr-lē How to pronounce sorely (audio) \

Definition of sorely

1 : in a sore manner : painfully
2 : very, extremely sorely needed changes

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Examples of sorely in a Sentence

You will be sorely missed. She provided some sorely needed help. The house is sorely in need of paint. He is sorely lacking in social skills.
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Recent Examples on the Web Oklahoma City rose to power with Kevin Durant in uniform, and whatever Thunder fans might think, he is sorely missed there. Bruce Jenkins,, "Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets: The story is in street clothes," 30 Nov. 2019 His expertise in state budget issues is irreplaceable and his insight will be sorely missed by both the Legislature and the citizens of Minnesota. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul won’t seek reelection," 17 Nov. 2019 Gordy Bunch, the chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, had a very close relationship with Lazzaro and said he will be sorely missed in the community. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Influential local figure Paul Lazzaro remembered as one of a kind," 15 Nov. 2019 The irreverence of Harrison Ford’s space cowboy, Han Solo, is sorely missed—especially by grown women in need of a reason to sit through this pricey toy store come to life. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," 12 Nov. 2019 Employed as a decoy for much of the game, and seemingly missing his trademark burst, the junior wideout’s impact was sorely missed. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "CU vs. Stanford scouting report: Who has the edge, predictions and 3 things to watch," 8 Nov. 2019 Walden is a class act and political juggernaut who will be sorely missed in Washington. The Oregonian/oregonlive Politics Team, oregonlive, "U.S. Rep. Greg Walden to retire in 2021," 28 Oct. 2019 After his abrupt departure from Lanvin in 2015, Alber Elbaz has been sorely missed in the fashion industry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Alber Elbaz Is Back! What We Know So Far About His New Richemont Deal," 25 Oct. 2019 Aside from the hand-waving tricks, the Project Soli sensors will also enable 3D facial unlocking and password protection, a biometric that’s sorely lacking from Android phones. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL preview: More than meets the eye," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sorely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Dec 2019

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“Sorely.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of sorely

: very much

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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