- 1In a solemn or considered manner: the doctor looked seriously at himMore example sentences
- They treated my questions seriously and thoughtfully, helping me to see how Christianity answers the issues raised by modern culture.
- 2With earnest intent; not lightly or superficially: I seriously considered cancelling my subscriptionMore example sentences
- 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?More example sentences
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 featherBritish • informal well I'll be blowedNorth American • informal well what do you know about that?• archaic go to
- 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.
- 2.2 [sentence adverb] Used to add sincerity to a statement, especially after a facetious exchange of remarks: seriously though, short cuts rarely workMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 hospitalMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4 [as submodifier] • informal Very; extremely: he was seriously richMore example sentences
extremely, very, really, dreadfully, terribly, awfully, fearfully, incredibly, amazingly, exceptionally, exceedingly, immensely, uncommonly, remarkably, extraordinarily; Scottish unco; French trèsSouth African • informal lekker• archaic exceeding
- 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.
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 seriouslyMore example sentences
- 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.