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 But for Mulkey to suggest that it should no longer be taken seriously is mind-boggling. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey's suggestion to stop COVID tests is ignorant, irresponsible," 30 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Palace Has Been Inundated with Letters Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Tell-All Interview," 28 Mar. 2021 But Greinacher's hypothesis is being taken seriously. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "A rare clotting disorder may cloud the world's hopes for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine," 27 Mar. 2021 Many women in this period cross-dressed in order to be taken seriously: the painter Rosa Bonheur and writer George Sand wore 'male' clothing to achieve their professional success. Molly Greeves,, "Why I Embraced Looking ‘Like A Lesbian’," 24 Mar. 2021 In a statement, Boyle said the department takes seriously any instance of domestic violence, and that its first priority is ensuring victim safety., "Police have long had a haphazard, lax response to domestic violence within the ranks," 19 Mar. 2021 The presence of an SSL certificate gives websites the padlock icon in the address bar, demonstrating to customers that this business takes their privacy and security seriously and the website can be trusted. Suhaib Zaheer, Forbes, "A Small Business’ Guide To Getting Started With Cybersecurity," 18 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Queen Elizabeth’s Statement About the Oprah Tell-All Reportedly Had an ‘Underlying Jab’," 18 Mar. 2021 So the presumption is they should be taken seriously. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Biden Says Gov. Andrew Cuomo Should Resign if Allegations Confirmed in Investigation," 17 Mar. 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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2 Apr 2021

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“Seriously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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