Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

dearly - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb dearly pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪə(r)li/
  1. 1
    very much

    He dearly wants to win.

    I love him dearly in spite of all his faults.

    would dearly like to do something:

    I’d dearly like to be there when he finds out the truth!

  2. 2
    with serious loss, damage, or trouble

    You’re going to pay dearly for that mistake.


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


to teach someone

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play