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English definition of “dearly”

dearly

adverb uk   /ˈdɪə.li/ us    /ˈdɪr-/

dearly adverb (A LOT)

very much: She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We would dearly love to sell our flat and move to the country.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

dearly adverb (COSTING A LOT)

in a way that is expensive: dearly pricedCosting too muchExpensive and luxurious pay dearly to suffer a lot as a result of a particular action or event: If you refuse to cooperate with us, you will pay dearly for it.Experiencing and suffering
(Definition of dearly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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