Definition of dearly in English:


Line breaks: dear¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪəli


  • 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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