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in earnest

Definition of in earnest in English:

1To a greater extent or more intensely than before: work began again in earnest
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  • Images of sun-kissed beaches wash over us as the travel agents' television advertising campaigns begin in earnest.
  • This worldwide expansion, which began in earnest in the early 1970s, has not been without difficulties.
  • The inquiry begins in earnest as the first witnesses give evidence.
1.1(Of a person) sincere and serious in intention: Cameron looked at him to make sure he was in earnest
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  • We move on to Knightley and at first you think he can't be serious, but Sutherland is always in earnest, even when joking.
serious, not joking, sincere, wholehearted, genuine;
committed, firm, resolute, resolved, determined, insistent
zealously, purposefully, determinedly, resolutely, with enthusiasm, with dedication, with commitment;
ardently, fervently, fervidly, passionately, wholeheartedly
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