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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As if running around the world completing near-impossible tasks in hopes of winning a whopping $1 million wasn't thrilling enough, The Amazing Race is seriously upping the game for the Season 31. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Amazing Race' Cast Will Include Competitors From 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor'," 14 Apr. 2019 There are seriously a ton of signs that point to the fact that a Shawn/Billie collab mighttttt actually happen. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish are Working on a Collab Together," 4 Apr. 2019 The only way to remove eyelashes is with a pro—seriously. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Your Everything Guide to Eyelash Extensions," 28 Mar. 2019 The new ambulance ship would supplement existing and future hospital ships, taking the less seriously wounded and distributing medical services across more ships, in case some of them are the victim of enemy attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded," 26 Mar. 2019 But seriously, Tisse is somebody who cares about you and cares about everybody. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Fantastic Foursome Q&A: UW’s seniors reflect on their journey, quiz each other and talk about legacies," 6 Nov. 2018 Until Sunday, no one confused it with something that should be taken seriously. Bubba Clem, WSJ, "The Speech Police Come for Tucker Carlson," 13 Mar. 2019 Like seriously, so bad Uwe Boll could’ve directed a better film. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 For longtime Hallmark fans, these updates are seriously devastating. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Hallmark Cancelling 'When Calls the Heart' Following the Lori Loughlin Scandal?," 15 Mar. 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 affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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