Definition of dearly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪəli/


1Very much: he loved his parents dearly
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  • He also knows how to keep them in order without getting annoyed - a virtue some parents would dearly love.
  • He loved his parents dearly, but sometimes it creeped him out about how nosy they could be.
  • My parents gave me a small dog which I love dearly, but she has caused havoc by urinating on the lawn, staining it yellow.
very much, a great deal, greatly, deeply, profoundly, extremely;
fondly, affectionately, devotedly, tenderly
2With much loss or suffering; at great cost: freedom to worship our religion has been bought dearly
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  • He said it would cost the government dearly to buy and maintain existing roads from private operators.
  • The tiny lunatic fringe that has jumped on the anti-war bandwagon could cost this country dearly.
  • What's more, the fixed cost of a space at home would cost dearly as well.
at great cost, at a high cost, at a high price, with great loss, with much loss, with much suffering, with much sacrifice

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