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-ly

suffix uk   us   /-li/

-ly suffix (ADVERB)

in the stated way: quickly carefully angrily loudly when considered in the stated way: Personally (= in my opinion), I don't think animals should be killed for their fur. This is an environmentally (= in relation to the environment) disastrous proposal. regularly after the stated period of time: a weekly/monthly meeting

-ly suffix (ADJECTIVE)

like the stated person or thing: fatherly advice priestly duties cowardly behaviour used for indicating one of a series of events that happen with the stated regular period of time between each: a daily shower a weekly meeting a yearly check-up
(Definition of -ly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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