1. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly.
2. At a high rate or price; grievously.
He buys his mistress dearly with his throne. --Dryden.
3. Exquisitely. [Obs.]
adv 1: in a sincere and heartfelt manner; "I would dearly love to
know" [syn: in a heartfelt way]
2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost
him dear" [syn: dear]
3: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her
affectionately" [syn: affectionately, dear]