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 Daily Telegraph's royal correspondent, Hannah Furness, shared a seriously adorable video on Twitter of Prince Harry speaking to a group of young children. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Asking for Parenting Advice Is the Sweetest Thing You'll Watch All Day," 1 Feb. 2019 The plaintiffs also say the school has violated Supreme Court precedent by failing to seriously attempt race-neutral alternatives to achieving diversity. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "UNC Defends Admissions Policies in Suit Alleging Unfair Racial Preferences," 18 Jan. 2019 Diamond Push-Up Diamond push-ups make the back of your arms seriously work, while the push-up position (basically a moving plank) still challenges your core, says West. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 Falling asleep is easier, and my sleep quality has seriously improved. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This $20 Sleep Mask Helped Me Get the Best Sleep of My Life," 14 Jan. 2019 See photos of her look here: Here's hoping Foy and Colman meet up during the Golden Globes to take one seriously royal selfie—and maybe to swap a few tips on how to best portray the British monarch. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Claire Foy and Olivia Colman Are Queens of the Golden Globe Red Carpet," 6 Jan. 2019 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

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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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to deny responsibility for

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