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Definition of dearly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1very much She loves him dearly. I would dearly like/love to know what he was thinking. dearly beloved (= used by a minister at a Christian church service to address people)
  2. 2in a way that causes a lot of suffering or damage, or that costs a lot of money Success has cost him dearly. She paid dearly for her mistake.
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