Definition of seriously in English:



  • 1In a solemn or considered manner.

    ‘the doctor looked seriously at him’
    • ‘They treated my questions seriously and thoughtfully, helping me to see how Christianity answers the issues raised by modern culture.’
    solemnly, earnestly, gravely, soberly, sombrely, without smiling, with a poker face, sternly, grimly, dourly, humourlessly
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  • 2With earnest intent; not lightly or superficially.

    ‘I seriously considered cancelling my subscription’
    • ‘The doctor seemed to contemplate this quite seriously, his fingers coming up to tap at his chin bemusedly.’
    • ‘I also observe that while not bound to accept a joint submission, the court must seriously consider it and not lightly reject it.’
    • ‘Be sure you understand the details of cruise cancellation terms, and seriously consider buying travel insurance.’
    • ‘I think if a doctor is seriously putting forward that proposition, it would be quite inappropriate to just do neuropsychological testing and leave it at that.’
    • ‘Pakistan must have seriously thought over her unilateral offer of cease-fire.’
    • ‘He urged farmers not in debt already to consider it seriously.’
    • ‘If a child is allergic to a pet, talk seriously with the doctor about the need to find a new home for the animal.’
    • ‘Designed thoughtfully and implemented seriously, it can eventually become your primary source of new hires.’
    • ‘If that offends you, it shows that you have not really thought seriously about what's going on.’
    • ‘During the process of visiting the other property, for the first time Jennie thought seriously about her ‘dream’.’
    • ‘Jason was the first guy that I seriously thought might go somewhere.’
    • ‘We're seriously considering moving to Iceland.’
    • ‘I seriously question whether we are capable of staging the event.’
    • ‘Therefore, we must seriously ask whether treatment to lower raised blood glucose should be started much earlier.’
    • ‘It was not seriously argued that the manner of the search was unreasonable.’
    • ‘I seriously consider calling him and cancelling if he is still far away.’
    • ‘If and when we move back to Devon (and every time I go there recently I seriously contemplate it) Ashburton is top of the list of places to buy a house.’
    • ‘I seriously question whether a prosecution with that result is appropriate in a case of this character.’
    • ‘He's currently single, though he thinks seriously these days about settling down.’
    • ‘Rumsfeld's resignation was never seriously contemplated by Bush.’
    1. 2.1 Really or sincerely.
      ‘do you seriously believe that I would jeopardize my career by such acts?’
      • ‘Are these same people seriously suggesting that we renounce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well?’
      • ‘I have such a headache and I seriously would not be surprised if I spontaneously combusted or something right about now.’
      • ‘Can anyone seriously believe that when the investigations began to happen, nobody gave the operatives a heads-up?’
      • ‘I'm not offended, just a little surprised that anyone could seriously think there was a connection based on seeing some people at a show.’
      • ‘Ken suggested, seriously, that prisoners all be kept in solitary confinement.’
      • ‘No one, I believe, seriously imagines that the proposals in their present form are either wise or necessary.’
      • ‘I do not know of any member in this House - young or old - who honestly seriously believed that.’
      • ‘I find it hard to believe that anyone can seriously assert the equivalence of atrocities on both sides.’
      • ‘For the first time in a decade, the Braves seriously must be wondering whether they still are the best team in the N.L. East.’
      • ‘Before he came along there really, truly, seriously were people who believed that New Labour MPs didn't do that sort of thing.’
      • ‘They don't seriously expect us to believe that the cash economy was quite that big…’
      • ‘I seriously suggest you to get out of the business of writing.’
      • ‘We didn't seriously suggest Benjamin could win did we?’
      • ‘No one can seriously suggest that the military isn't spending enough money.’
      • ‘I seriously thought there'd be a riot or something.’
      • ‘So you seriously expect me to believe that you, the sponsor of this revolting stunt, had no idea what the stunt involved?’
      • ‘See, he actually, seriously believed he was a demon hunter and could see demons.’
      • ‘I'm the one who needs the doctor because I seriously think I'm going crazy.’
      • ‘Nobody seriously believes that teaching children in batches of 20 or 30 can offer an appropriately individualised education.’
      • ‘More substantively, does he seriously maintain that genes indicate only the effects of selection?’
      really, actually, honestly
      really?, is that so? is that a fact? you're joking! well i never, well i never did, go on, you don't say
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    2. 2.2sentence adverb Used to add sincerity to a statement, especially after a facetious exchange of remarks.
      ‘seriously though, short cuts rarely work’
      • ‘Ok, so we're being a little facetious but seriously: nearly three hundred quid to see her at one of the worst venues in the city?’
      • ‘Seriously though I think she has a point.’
      • ‘In the end my story said nothing about their plight - though seriously what hasn't already been said?’
      • ‘But seriously though, I speak to you today as someone with experience in writing for the daily print media and as an author.’
      • ‘Seriously though, I hope you're having a better day!’
      • ‘Nah, seriously though, the forum really isn't worth the trouble.’
      • ‘I have been a fan for 20 years, and seriously, I am questioning whether I will still be watching after tonight.’
      • ‘Though seriously, who gets a domain name without the "www"?’
      • ‘No seriously though, now that I noticed it I can't help but wonder why this is.’
      • ‘That's a horrific thing to contemplate, seriously it is.’
      • ‘It got so much bad publicity but seriously, without the movie it was an amazing album on its own.’
      • ‘But seriously though, I think I'll be able to update sooner since my work load is cutting down.’
      • ‘Well seriously though we are well into what we are doing, the music and the politics.’
      joking apart, joking aside, to be serious, honestly, without joking, no joking, truthfully, truly, i mean it
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  • 3To a degree that is significant or worrying.

    ‘the amount of fat you eat can seriously affect your health’
    as submodifier ‘three men are seriously ill in hospital’
    • ‘It's one of the stupid reasons I don't go to hospitals unless I'm seriously ill.’
    • ‘Only one crewman was seriously injured, doctors said, adding that he may lose his eyesight.’
    • ‘Her badly scarred face seriously affects her speech and she worries for her future as a potential wife.’
    • ‘There will also be a network of local care hospitals supported by a critical care hospital for seriously ill patients.’
    • ‘The new hospital will concentrate on very seriously ill children and specialist cases.’
    • ‘People driving within the legal limit can be really incapacitated and have their driving seriously impaired, especially at lunchtime.’
    • ‘If the nail appears to be seriously infected see your doctor.’
    • ‘The first is to identify seriously underperforming doctors.’
    • ‘None of the three boys was thought to be seriously hurt, although they were all taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for checks.’
    • ‘Your child is seriously hurt, but one doctor is there who can save your child.’
    • ‘The widely held belief that European levels of air pollution might seriously affect human health has been hard to verify.’
    • ‘None of the seriously injured were thought to have been travelling in the other three vehicles involved, although one of the cars was severely damaged.’
    • ‘Some of them almost begged me not to write about this subject, advising me that this could seriously affect my health and safety.’
    • ‘The successfully treated seriously ill are also affected by these service inadequacies.’
    • ‘The South East was most seriously affected but none of the train operators there reported significant delays either.’
    • ‘Consumers can become seriously ill if they eat an egg that is not fully cooked and contaminated with salmonella.’
    • ‘No one knows how many such doctors there are, but let us assume that around 3% of doctors are seriously deficient.’
    • ‘The Israelis fired at the Palestinians, wounding nine, three seriously, doctors said.’
    • ‘This manner of anti-social behaviour seriously impacts on the quality of life for local residents who should now be able to enjoy a more peaceful home environment.’
    • ‘The lorry driver also was injured, though not seriously.’
    severely, gravely, badly, critically, acutely, sorely, grievously, desperately, alarmingly, dangerously, perilously
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  • 4informal as submodifier Very; extremely.

    ‘he was seriously rich’
    • ‘I am seriously bummed, though, that she didn't come after all.’
    • ‘The dog tried to do some seriously extreme bouncing.’
    • ‘He plots it with a series of crazy twists and sequences, word play and jugglery, and some seriously funny macabre humour.’
    • ‘But coming from someone with mad staring eyes, and who writes like Job in a seriously bad mood, this is all a bit hypocritical.’
    • ‘If you're afraid that Usher has traded in all of his heavy guitar, you would be seriously wrong though.’
    • ‘I really hope I get to… it's a scary prospect, but it could be seriously amazing.’
    • ‘It is, though, seriously overwritten, with every point made in triplicate.’
    • ‘The red and pink prints are seriously cool, if I do say so myself.’
    extremely, very, really, dreadfully, terribly, awfully, fearfully, incredibly, amazingly, exceptionally, exceedingly, immensely, uncommonly, remarkably, extraordinarily
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  • take someone/something seriously

    • Regard someone or something as important and worthy of attention.

      ‘such threats have to be taken seriously’
      ‘he takes himself too seriously’
      • ‘Because age related memory change may signal treatable medical conditions, it is important to take any complaint seriously.’
      • ‘Whatever suggestions they make, it is important you take them seriously.’
      • ‘If you want to make anybody take you seriously, you'll have to pay attention to details like that.’
      • ‘This is an important study and the Government is taking it seriously.’
      • ‘This is a very important statement and I hope he takes it seriously.’
      • ‘Even more important, they seem to be taking the environment seriously, as Labour traditionally never has.’
      • ‘They must gain the confidence of all members of the House, and that is why it is important that the commission takes the matter seriously.’
      • ‘Whatever its background, it is important to take hallucinations seriously and not to challenge the patients reality during the crisis situation, especially in the initial phase of treatment.’
      • ‘As a unionist, he explains, it was important to take Scotland seriously in order to ensure it did not slip away into independence.’
      • ‘That's why it is important to take them seriously, especially if they have depression or another mental disorder or are intoxicated or behaving impulsively.’