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Meaning of -ly

-ly

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a suffix forming adverbs from adjectives: gladly; gradually; secondly.
  2. a suffix meaning “every,” attached to certain nouns denoting units of time: hourly; daily.
  3. an adjective suffix meaning “-like”: saintly; cowardly.
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