Definition of seriously in English:


Line breaks: ser|ious¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪərɪəsli


  • 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, honestlyreally?, 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


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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