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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearly, in a heartfelt wayadverb

    in a sincere and heartfelt manner

    "I would dearly love to know"

  2. dearly, dearadverb

    at a great cost

    "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"

  3. dearly, affectionately, dearadverb

    with affection

    "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"


  1. dearlyadverb

    In a dear manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dearlyadverb

    Etymology: from dear.

    For the unquestionable virtues of her person and mind, he loved her dearly. Henry Wotton.

    It is rarely bought, and then also bought dearly enough with such a fine. Francis Bacon.

    Turnus shall dearly pay for faith forsworn;
    And corps, and swords, and shields, on Tyber born. Dryd.

    My father dotes, and let him still dote on;
    He buys his mistress dearly with his throne. John Dryden, Aurengz.


  1. Dearly

    Max Dearly (22 November 1874 - 2 June 1943) was a French stage and film actor.Dearly was born Lucien Paul Marie-Joseph Rolland in Paris, and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine 1943.


  1. dearly

    Dearly generally refers to something highly valued, cherished or loved, often expressing a sense of significant emotional affection or high cost. It can pertain to a deep personal attachment or fondness to someone or something, or could also convey a sense of great expense or high price.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dearlyadverb

    in a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly

  2. Dearlyadverb

    at a high rate or price; grievously

  3. Dearlyadverb


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dearly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dearly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dearly in a Sentence

  1. David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars:

    He loved humankind dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings.

  2. Subhash Pokhrel:

    We also know that there is good quality evidence showing the negative impact of using substitutes for breastfeeding on at least five diseases in children and mothers, all those diseases must cost the National Health Services dearly each year and it seemed like low breastfeeding rates were one of the drivers of that big cost.

  3. Adam Scott:

    The course was really there to be had and I got off to a nice start through 10 holes and I was feeling really good, but unfortunately it slowed up on the back nine and a couple of random wedge shots cost Adam Scott dearly, I'm within shouting distance, at least. Thirty-six holes, there's a lot of golf to be played, and if I play a good 36 I think I can be in with a chance.

  4. Alice Walker:

    It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.

  5. The White House:

    On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and all of those who loved Kayla dearly. At this time of unimaginable suffering, the country shares in their grief.

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