adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
- dean, james,
- dear john,
- dear john letter,
- dear me,
- dearborn heights
Origin of dear1
Examples from the Web for dearly
Before 2010, the bank essentially turned a blind eye to large cash deposits and withdrawals, which cost them dearly.
She told students the story of how she came to value education so dearly.
Right now, it is failing—and failing those of us that love it dearly.Israel Must Take a More Diplomatic Approach Toward Iran|David Patrikarakos|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps these relatively new ways of regarding poetry have not cost it too dearly.Liberate Poetry! Robert Pinsky’s Manifesto for Readers|Daniel Bosch|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They value our recognition too dearly for us to give it away!
Because he likes better to do his duty, and be praised for it, than to eat the rabbit, dearly as he longs to eat it.Madam How and Lady Why|Charles Kingsley
They were astonishing triumphs, but they were dearly bought.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
I felt that I must live for her, for her whom her father loved so dearly!Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)|Charles Paul de Kock
A woman he had dearly loved had come to him for protection, and he had not driven her away.Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)|F. Marion Crawford
Many days have passed away, since I have received any letter so truly, so dearly acceptable as your last.
- highly priced
- charging high prices
Word Origin for dear
Old English deorlice (see dear).
Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dear
- dear me
- for dear life
- nearest and dearest