One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Occurring to a greater extent or more intensely than before.‘after Labor Day the campaign begins in earnest’
- ‘That evening, a reception was held to meet other members of the party and the next morning the adventure began in earnest.’
- ‘Fitness training and some less serious stuff will continue throughout the summer before training starts in earnest in July.’
- ‘Images of sun-kissed beaches wash over us as the travel agents' television advertising campaigns begin in earnest.’
- ‘The veterans group and your people back home are planning the September ceremony in earnest.’
- ‘This worldwide expansion, which began in earnest in the early 1970s, has not been without difficulties.’
- ‘The inquiry begins in earnest as the first witnesses give evidence.’
- ‘If comparativism continues to gather momentum, as seems likely, Scalia's question may be taken up in earnest.’
- ‘Frost, strong winds and heavy rain will take their toll on the show of leaves as winter sets in in earnest.’
- ‘Kim Dae-jung's government made a ruthless decision, and carried out the plan in earnest.’
- ‘And, overhead, the canopy of the oak tree is beginning to bud out in earnest.’
- 1.1 (of a person) sincere and serious in behavior or convictions.
serious, not joking, sincere, wholehearted, genuinezealously, purposefully, determinedly, resolutely, with enthusiasm, with dedication, with commitmentView synonyms
- ‘We move on to Knightley and at first you think he can't be serious, but Sutherland is always in earnest, even when joking.’
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