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American English: /ˈsɪriəs/
British English: /ˈsɪərɪəs/

Translation of serious in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (in earnest, sincere) I'm not joking, I'm serious
    no estoy bromeando, lo digo en serio or de veras
    you can't be serious!
    ¡estás loco!
    ¡me estás tomando el pelo! [colloquial]
    come on now, be serious! on a more serious note
    pasando a un tema más serio
    to be serious, I don't think it's feasible
    hablando en serio, no creo que eso sea posible
    to give serious thought/consideration to something
    pensar/considerar algo seriamente
    to be serious about something/-ingI'm serious about this
    lo digo en serio
    she's not serious about our relationship
    no se toma lo nuestro en serio
    are you serious about wanting to change your job?
    ¿en serio quieres cambiar de trabajo?
    1.2 (thoughtful) she suddenly put on a serious face
    de repente se puso seria or puso cara seria
    don't look so serious
    no te pongas tan serio
    Example sentences
    • Her forceful personality and ease in the spotlight complemented the king's serious, thoughtful demeanour.
    • These are serious, thoughtful people who are not in thrall to the restrictions of old ideologies.
    • He looks solemn and serious, but I can remember how he and the other two big boys were holding in laughter.
    1.3 (committed) (before noun)
    I haven't much time for serious study
    no tengo tiempo para estudiar en serio
    Example sentences
    • These frank statements suggest that he is sincere and serious about exposing the problems and proposing solutions.
    • If it was serious about a long-term commitment to Mitsubishi, then why isn't it willing to bail it out?
    • Better to try to look half way serious about this now, rather than after the names break.
    1.4 (not lightweight) (before noun)
    Example sentences
    • Our culture forces serious music to function solely as entertainment or not at all.
    • They are probably the only group around making any kind of serious music.
    • Then a Saturday night show will take place at the Holy Cross Cathedral and will consist of more serious music.
  • 2 2.1 (grave, severe)
    a serious mistake
    un grave or serio error
    the water shortage is getting serious
    la escasez de agua se está convirtiendo en un problema serio
    things are getting serious
    las cosas se están poniendo serias
    2.2 (of importance, major) See examples: it doesn't need serious alterations
    no necesita grandes arreglos
    I have serious doubts about him
    tengo mis serias dudas acerca de él
    the only serious opposition to the proposal
    la única oposición a la propuesta digna de ser tenida en cuenta
    now they've gone we can get down to some serious drinking
    ahora que se han ido podemos empezar a tomar or beber en serio
    we're talking serious money here [colloquial]
    no estamos hablando de dos centavos
    Example sentences
    • To allow that to happen is to put the child itself at terrible risk of serious injury or death if there is an accident.
    • It is better to speak of an unlawful and dangerous act carrying with it an appreciable risk of serious injury.
    • People deserve better - not just those living there but the motorists who risk death or serious injury every day.

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