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Dearly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DE'ARLY, adv.
1. At a high price; as, he pays dearly for his rashness.
2. With great fondness; as, we love our children dearly; dearly beloved.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adv
1: in a sincere and heartfelt manner; "I would dearly love to know" [syn: dearly, in a heartfelt way]
2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear" [syn: dearly, dear]
3: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately, dear]

Merriam Webster's

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>

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dearly Dear"ly, adv. 1. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly. 2. At a high rate or price; grievously. He buys his mistress dearly with his throne. --Dryden. 3. Exquisitely. [Obs.] --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you love someone dearly, you love them very much. (FORMAL) She loved her father dearly. ADV: ADV with v [emphasis] 2. If you would dearly like to do or have something, you would very much like to do it or have it. (FORMAL) I would dearly love to marry. ADV: ADV before v [emphasis] 3. If you pay dearly for doing something or if it costs you dearly, you suffer a lot as a result. (FORMAL) He drank too much and is paying dearly for it... PHRASE: V inflects



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