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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.

dearly adverb (COSTING A LOT)

in a way that is expensive: dearly priced 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.
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