Definition of earnestly in English:



  • With sincere and intense conviction; seriously.

    ‘they earnestly hope to come back in the summer’
    • ‘I know that he earnestly and seriously believes the factual content of everything he says.’
    • ‘I earnestly looked through the magazine hoping to find some justification for the cover.’
    • ‘Many of the youngsters entering the arena of serious theatre now take this objective quite earnestly.’
    • ‘Any given scientific project may be good, but it may also be earnestly pursued and gravely in error.’
    • ‘They earnestly hope to come back in the summer and they are most grateful for the kindness shown in Rathdowney and other areas.’
    seriously, solemnly, gravely, soberly, sincerely, intently, resolutely, firmly
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