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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The motorcycle struck a tree and the driver was seriously injured. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week," 13 July 2018 Before that, there was some seriously telling evidence during Cannes Film Festival in May, where Bella and Abel were seen kissing at a party. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Reportedly Snuggled on a Dinner Date," 2 July 2018 Even though Drew Barrymore has dived head-first into the beauty industry with her brand, Flower Beauty, no one would ever accuse her of being vain or taking herself too seriously. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Drag Queen Used Makeup to Turn Into Drew Barrymore, and She Could Not Be More Thrilled," 30 June 2018 During college, an acquaintance who took her wrinkle-fighting regimen very seriously told me she purposely didn’t spend much time outside. Sarah Klein,, "These Running Sunglasses Are the Only Ones I've Tried That Don't Slip or Bounce," 28 June 2018 Another thing to note is that Krall doesn't take herself too seriously. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Diana Krall mesmerizes with a show dedicated to love," 25 June 2018 The defendant - whose blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.2 percent at the hospital -- was seriously injured. City News Service, Rancho Bernardo, "Judge won't drop charges in fatal RB blaze," 25 June 2018 The task of identifying the dead and seriously injured was almost hopeless. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 First steps on Wednesday could be for the Fox board to take Comcast’s offer of $65 billion seriously and agree to share information on its businesses with Comcast. Bob Fernandez,, "Will Fox's board snub Comcast?," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of seriously

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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