se·​ri·​ous·​ly | \ ˈsir-ē-əs-lē How to pronounce seriously (audio) \

Definition of seriously

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the objects are called, Congress appeared determined to take them seriously. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 17 May 2022 So just getting people to take me seriously as a TV host has probably been the biggest thing. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Leaders in Finland and Sweden are seriously considering this week whether to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, who had been urged to run against Trump in the 2020 primaries but refused, now looks to be more seriously considering a run against the former President. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 5 May 2022 But wider use of the Invisible AI system is something the automaker is seriously considering. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The Oregon School Activities Association is seriously considering a proposal that would split its 6A football classification during the playoffs. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 Kirsten Gillibrand and now-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – recently moved to New Hampshire and is seriously considering entering the race, as well. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2022 Amanpour pressed the Prime Minister on whether his government was seriously considering a peace process and bringing an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Emmet Lyons And Claire Calzonetti, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Seriously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for seriously


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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