[syn: dearly, affectionately, dear]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dearly \Dear"ly\, adv.
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.
3. Exquisitely. [Obs.] --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in a sincere and heartfelt manner; "I would dearly love
to know" [syn: dearly, in a heartfelt way]
2: at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost
him dear" [syn: dearly, dear]
3: with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her
affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately, dear]