seriously

adverb
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Vatican is taking Pope Francis’ pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without valid medical reason risks being fired. The Salt Lake Tribune, "COVID-19 pandemic has Vatican bracing for $60 million deficit in 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 The Vatican is taking Pope Francis’ pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without a valid medical reason risks being fired. Fox News, "Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job," 19 Feb. 2021 The Vatican is taking Pope Francis' pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without a valid medical reason risks being fired. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job," 18 Feb. 2021 When the pandemic began, Washington prided herself on taking the virus seriously. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "For This College Athlete, Covid-19 Was Just the Start of a Nightmare," 12 Feb. 2021 This coordinated action shows that the platforms most affected by it, at least, are taking it seriously. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "A Coordinated Takedown Targets 'OGUser' Account Thieves," 4 Feb. 2021 Nevertheless, the burst of theoretical activity shows how seriously physicists are taking these results. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Galaxy-Size Gravitational-Wave Detector Hints at Exotic Physics," 3 Feb. 2021 Apparently not enough of us are taking the current quarantine-at-home rules seriously. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "What You Need To Know About Canada’s New Travel Restrictions," 1 Feb. 2021 In a statement to the press Sunday, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby said the city is taking its homelessness issue seriously. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Activists take over Washington hotel to demand housing for homeless during pandemic," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Seriously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seriously. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for seriously

seriously

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of seriously

: in a serious way
: to a large or great degree or extent

seriously

adverb
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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