Definition of seriously in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪərɪəsli/


1In a solemn or considered manner: the doctor looked seriously at him
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  • They treated my questions seriously and thoughtfully, helping me to see how Christianity answers the issues raised by modern culture.
solemnly, earnestly, gravely, soberly, sombrely, without smiling, with a poker face, sternly, grimly, dourly, humourlessly;
2With earnest intent; not lightly or superficially: I seriously considered cancelling my subscription
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  • I also observe that while not bound to accept a joint submission, the court must seriously consider it and not lightly reject it.
  • Be sure you understand the details of cruise cancellation terms, and seriously consider buying travel insurance.
  • I seriously consider calling him and cancelling if he is still far away.
2.1Really or sincerely: do you seriously believe that I would jeopardize my career by such acts?
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  • See, he actually, seriously believed he was a demon hunter and could see demons.
  • I do not know of any member in this House - young or old - who honestly seriously believed that.
  • Nobody seriously believes that teaching children in batches of 20 or 30 can offer an appropriately individualised education.
really, actually, honestly
really?, is that so? is that a fact? you're joking! well I never, well I never did, go on, you don't say
informal you're kidding! well knock/blow me down with a feather
British informal well I'll be blowed
North American informal well what do you know about that?
archaic go to
2.2 [sentence adverb] Used to add sincerity to a statement, especially after a facetious exchange of remarks: seriously though, short cuts rarely work
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  • Nah, seriously though, the forum really isn't worth the trouble.
  • Seriously though I think she has a point.
  • No seriously though, now that I noticed it I can't help but wonder why this is.
joking aside/apart, to be serious, honestly, without joking, no joking, truthfully, truly, I mean it
informal Scout's honour
British informal straight up
dated honest Injun
3To a degree that is significant or worrying: the amount of fat you eat can seriously affect your health [as submodifier]: three men are seriously ill in hospital
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  • The successfully treated seriously ill are also affected by these service inadequacies.
  • The new hospital will concentrate on very seriously ill children and specialist cases.
  • Consumers can become seriously ill if they eat an egg that is not fully cooked and contaminated with salmonella.
severely, gravely, badly, critically, acutely, sorely, grievously, desperately, alarmingly, dangerously, perilously
4 [as submodifier] informal Very; extremely: he was seriously rich
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  • But coming from someone with mad staring eyes, and who writes like Job in a seriously bad mood, this is all a bit hypocritical.
  • The dog tried to do some seriously extreme bouncing.
  • I am seriously bummed, though, that she didn't come after all.
Scottish  unco;
French très
informal terrifically, tremendously, right, ultra, mega, mucho, stinking, majorly, oh-so, madly
British informal jolly, ever so, dead, well
North American informal real, mighty, awful, powerful, way, bitching
South African informal lekker
informal, dated devilish, frightfully
archaic exceeding


take someone/thing seriously

Regard someone or something as important and worthy of attention: such threats have to be taken seriously he takes himself too seriously
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  • Whatever suggestions they make, it is important you take them seriously.
  • As a unionist, he explains, it was important to take Scotland seriously in order to ensure it did not slip away into independence.
  • They must gain the confidence of all members of the House, and that is why it is important that the commission takes the matter seriously.

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