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English definition of “fondly”

fondly

adverb uk   /ˈfɒnd.li/ us    /ˈfɑːnd-/

fondly adverb (LIKING)

in a way that shows love or great liking: He smiled fondly at the children.Loving and in love

fondly adverb (HOPING)

hoping that something will be true when it probably will not: She fondly believed that he might come.Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind
(Definition of fondly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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