se·​ri·​ous·​ly | \ ˈsir-ē-əs-lē \

Definition of seriously 

1 : in a sincere manner : earnestly speaking seriously
2 : to a serious extent : severely, extremely seriously injured

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Examples of seriously in a Sentence

No one was seriously injured in the accident. I thought seriously about death while I was in the hospital. You should seriously consider buying a new car. You don't mean that seriously, do you? It was so hot that we nearly melted. But seriously, it was hotter than I've ever experienced. I think you are seriously mistaken.
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Except for the seriously ill, the core treatment is little changed: fluids, bed rest, general nursing care and something to reduce the fever. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 And some people seriously resonated with her gavel pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Amazing Moments You Missed from the First Session of 116th Congress and Swearing-In Ceremony," 4 Jan. 2019 Even more seriously affected is the Mexican town of Boquillas, which is just across the Rio Grande from the national park and has always enjoyed a stream of visitors this time of year. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 That criticism came to a head in 2018, when users and regulators started to seriously question the company’s data practices, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to Washington to explain it all before Congress. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 Google+ may be a punchline in the social-network world, but there’s something seriously wrong with it. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "After another massive Google+ data breach, you should probably delete your profile right now," 10 Dec. 2018 There’s a new degree of engagement by forensic practitioners, even parts of the law enforcement community, by scholars, and by some judges to take these questions seriously. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The dean of UCLA Law explains the uncertain future of forensic science," 20 Dec. 2018 With Baldet as the lead of its Blockchain Center of Excellence, J.P. Morgan has asserted itself as one of the first banks to take blockchain technology seriously, and one of the few to release working software. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 There are Charlie Brown Christmas trees and then there are gorgeously plump pines, but somewhere in the middle there are perfectly sparse and aesthetically clean options that are seriously taking over the Internet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Sparse Christmas Trees Will Make You Reconsider Your Full Ones," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of seriously

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of seriously was in 1509

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English Language Learners Definition of seriously

: in a serious way

: to a large or great degree or extent


se·​ri·​ous·​ly | \ ˈsir-ē-əs-lē\

Kids Definition of seriously

1 : in an earnest way He takes his job seriously.
2 : in a literal way Don't take me seriously. It was just a joke.
3 : to a large degree or extent seriously wounded

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