in earnest

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in earnest

1 : in an earnest or serious way
  • The search began in earnest when the police arrived.
  • After light showers during the day, it began to rain in earnest in the evening.
  • It's hard to tell if he's making this proposal in earnest.
2 : not fooling : serious and sincere
  • We thought he was joking at first, but then we realized that he was in earnest.

Word by Word Definitions

earnest play
  1. : characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind

  2. : grave, important

  1. : a serious and intent mental state

  2. : a considerable or impressive degree or amount

  1. : something of value given by a buyer to a seller to bind a bargain

  2. : a token of what is to come : pledge


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