dearly
adverb Date: 13th century 1. with affection ; fondly 2. heartily, earnestly <
prayed so dearly for peace
>
3. at a high rate or price <
paid dearly for the error
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dearly — Dear ly, adv. 1. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly. [1913 Webster] 2. At a high rate or price; grievously. [1913 Webster] He buys his mistress dearly with his throne. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dearly — [adv1] extremely greatly, profoundly, to a great extent, very, very much; concept 772 dearly [adv2] lovingly affectionately, devotedly, fondly, tenderly, yearningly; concept 403 Ant. hatefully …   New thesaurus

  • dearly — O.E. deorlice (see DEAR (Cf. dear)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dearly — ► ADVERB 1) very much. 2) at great cost …   English terms dictionary

  • dearly — dear|ly [ dırli ] adverb 1. ) very much: He dearly wants to win. I love him dearly in spite of all his faults. would dearly like to do something: I d dearly like to be there when he finds out the truth! 2. ) with serious loss, damage, or trouble …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dearly — [[t]dɪ͟ə(r)li[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v (emphasis) If you love someone dearly, you love them very much. [FORMAL] She loved her father dearly. 2) ADV GRADED: ADV before v (emphasis) If you would dearly like to do or have something, you would… …   English dictionary

  • dearly — adverb 1 if you love someone dearly, want something dearly etc, you do so with strong emotions: James loved his sister dearly. 2 cost sb dearly to cause a lot of trouble or suffering: Vandalism costs schools dearly. 3 pay dearly to suffer a lot… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dearly — UK [ˈdɪə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈdɪrlɪ] adverb 1) very much He dearly wants to win. I love him dearly in spite of all his faults. would dearly like to do something: I d dearly like to be there when he finds out the truth! 2) with serious loss, damage, or… …   English dictionary

  • dearly — dear|ly [ˈdıəli US ˈdırli] adv 1.) very much ▪ James loved her dearly . ▪ I would dearly like to know what she said. 2.) in a way that involves a lot of suffering, damage, trouble etc ▪ The weakness in their defense has already cost them dearly… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dearly — dear, dearly You love someone dearly (i.e. very much), whereas you buy or sell something, or something costs you, dear or dearly …   Modern English usage

  • dearly — adverb 1. in a sincere and heartfelt manner (Freq. 2) I would dearly love to know • Syn: ↑in a heartfelt way • Derived from adjective: ↑dear 2. at a great cost (Freq. 1) he paid dearly for the food …   Useful english dictionary

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