Learner's definition of DEARLY
[more dearly; most dearly]
1 : very much
She loved him dearly.
I would dearly love to see them again.
He dearly wanted to believe that it was true.
her dearly beloved husband [=her husband, whom she loved very much]
— see also dearly beloved at beloved
2 : in a way that is difficult or severe
— see also cost you dearly at 2cost