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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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