dearly

adverb
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 Pinball great Bob Matthews, who runs the INDISC Pinball Tournament, which was held at the Museum of Pinball for five years, said fans of the game would dearly miss Weeks' museum. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Many of us are all too familiar with the fracture a dearly loved one's passing leaves in the lives of those who love them. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Insured or not, the loss of the car could cost him dearly. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Aug. 2021 What is certainly true is that Haiti paid dearly for its success in eradicating racial slavery. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 Caputo interceding with the dearly departed to offer solace to their grieving family on earth — with the realities of life during the pandemic. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2021 Dear Trapped: Even someone who loves you dearly could be trying – even unconsciously – to sabotage you. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 Dear Trapped: Even someone who loves you dearly could be trying – even unconsciously – to sabotage you. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2021 Dear Trapped: Even someone who loves you dearly could be trying – even unconsciously – to sabotage you. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dearly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Sep 2021

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“Dearly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dearly. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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dearly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of dearly

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

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