From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdearlydear‧ly /ˈdɪəli $ ˈdɪrli/ adverb 🔊 🔊 1LOVEvery much 🔊 James loved her dearly. 🔊 I would dearly like to know what she said.2SUFFERin a way that involves a lot of suffering, damage, trouble etc 🔊 The weakness in their defense has already cost them dearly this season. 🔊 Ordinary people are paying dearly for the mistakes of this administration.3 →dearly beloved
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dearly• She loves her children dearly.• The fighting during 1968 had cost them dearly.• It has cost the Trustdearly in cash.• Grandmotherdisplayed all the warmth, enthusiasm, and flamboyance that she had loved so dearly in her brother Theodore.• She dearlywished that her only daughter had settled down with Les Williams, a hardworking friend of her son.• He dearly wished they would hurry up and tell him what to do.loved ... dearly• A very good friend helped me in the house at this time in our lives, and Shanti loved her dearly.• Besides, we knew beyonddoubt that she loved us dearly.• In consequence of this they loved him dearly.• His servantsloved him dearly and fished him out immediately.• Isaac loved the Comet dearly and it would have been pointless to hold this refusal against him.• I liked that because I loved my grandmother dearly and knew she loved me just as much.• Mr Woodloved Linda dearly, but he wanted a son very much.cost ... dearly• But the scandal has cost Gilbey dearly.• It is very distressing to find out at a later date that you have made a mistake which can cost you dearly.• Neville's genius was to subvert and turn round pressattacks on Oz, but they could still cost dearly.• Since women voterstend to decide late in the campaign, one wrongremark can cost a candidate dearly.• The fighting during 1968 had cost them dearly.• The coincidence is going to cost some employers dearly and save money for others.• He cost us dearly both inside and outside our organization.• It has cost the Trust dearly in cash.