From Middle English depely, deplike, deopliche, from Old English dēoplīċe (“deeply”, adverb), from dēoplīc (“deep”), equivalent to deep + -ly.
- IPA(key): /ˈdiːpli/
- Hyphenation: deep‧ly
deeply (comparative deeplier or more deeply, superlative deepliest or most deeply)
- At depth, in a deep way.
- To a deep extent.
1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, […], published 1850, OCLC 3968433, canto CXXVII, page 199:
Strange friend, past, present, and to be, / Loved deeplier, darklier understood; / Behold I dream a dream of good / And mingle all the world with thee.
Some adjectives commonly collocating with deeply: divided, in debt, ashamed, concerned, infuriating, sorry
Some verbs commonly collocating with deeply: apologise, regret
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