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2 definitions found
 for dearly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dearly \Dear"ly\, adv.
     1. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as,
        to love one dearly.
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     2. At a high rate or price; grievously.
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              He buys his mistress dearly with his throne.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. Exquisitely. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dearly
      adv 1: in a sincere and heartfelt manner; "I would dearly love
             to know" [syn: dearly, in a heartfelt way]
      2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost
         him dear" [syn: dearly, dear]
      3: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her
         affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately, dear]

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