Definitions

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  • adv. In a dear manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly.
  • adv. At a high rate or price; grievously.
  • adv. Exquisitely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Much loved; darling.
  • At a dear rate; at a high price.
  • Richly; choicely.
  • With great fondness; fondly; affectionately: as, we love our children dearly; dearly beloved brethren.
  • Earnestly; strongly; heartily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a sincere and heartfelt manner
  • adv. with affection
  • adv. at a great cost

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Examples

  • I, her daughter, tell you that for her every tear, every heart pang, every sigh, _you_ shall pay dearly; _dearly!

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  • It is a title dearly enough bought by most men, to render it endurable, even when not quite clearly made out, which it never _can_ be, till the Posterity, whose decisions are merely dreams to ourselves, have sanctioned or denied it, while it can touch us no further.

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  • Boris, who I love dearly, is furious about the rampant double standards of those dreadful Tabloid Newspapers.

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  • What if there was a telephone to heaven ... and you called your dearly departed, and they said "i'm glad i'm not with you anymore. leave me alone. just leave me alone."

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  • Mrs. Manning! she sometimes thought that proud title dearly purchased by listening to his daily criticisms on appearance, language, manners, which had been esteemed stylish enough in their day.

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  • There, he met Dolge Donovan-Smith, a teacher whom he called his "dearly beloved friend, brother and dad."

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  • And don't say mine, because even though that will make me smile and love you dearly, that isn't the point.

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  • He spoke for a while, recalling the dearly departed, and then (when all the audience were in the room) said that he would now lead them in the dead man's favourite hymn - Jerusalem.

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  • I have but one son whom I love very dearly, that is why he is called Prince Darling.

    Blue Fairy Book

  • I have but one son whom I love very dearly, that is why he is called Prince

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