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 In fact, certain precursors of collapsologie take this possibility very seriously, such as Octavia Butler’s beautiful 1993 science-fiction novel The Parable of the Sower. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 Eight of them were hospitalized at the medical center, including Cohen, including three of the most seriously injured transported by helicopter. John Hilliard,, "Holy Cross rower killed in Fla. crash to be remembered at funeral Mass on Wednesday," 19 Jan. 2020 One person has died and another was seriously injured Friday morning in an avalanche at a ski resort near Lake Tahoe, authorities said. CBS News, "1 dead, 1 seriously injured after avalanche hits ski resort near Lake Tahoe," 17 Jan. 2020 Dozens of people — — were treated by paramedics, but no one was seriously injured. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Delta is cited by air quality regulators after jet dropped 15,000 gallons of fuel over L.A.," 17 Jan. 2020 An avalanche in Northern California killed at least one skier and seriously injured another, authorities said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort kills at least one person, injures another," 17 Jan. 2020 Between 2015 and 2017, over 100 people a year reported being seriously injured by a car or truck. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "This map reveals a lack of pedestrian-safe infrastructure in Central Indiana," 14 Jan. 2020 An Anchorage man who was seriously injured in a collision in Wasilla on New Year’s Eve has died, police said Wednesday. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage man dies from injuries suffered in crash on Wasilla-area road called dangerous," 9 Jan. 2020 One marmoset was seriously injured, and needed to be euthanized. Laura Garcia,, "Report: 2 monkeys died, 2 injured at Texas Biomed in 2019," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seriously.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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