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dearly (adv.)

Old English deorlice "worthily, excellently;" see dear + -ly (2). From c. 1200 as "with tender affection;" from late 15c. as "at a high price."

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Definitions of dearly

dearly (adv.)
in a sincere and heartfelt manner;
I would dearly love to know
Synonyms: in a heartfelt way
dearly (adv.)
with affection;
she loved him dearly
Synonyms: affectionately / dear
dearly (adv.)
at a great cost;
he paid dearly for the food
Synonyms: dear
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