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 canceling my subscription’
    • ‘Designed thoughtfully and implemented seriously, it can eventually become your primary source of new hires.’
    • ‘Jason was the first guy that I seriously thought might go somewhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're seriously considering moving to Iceland.’
    • ‘Therefore, we must seriously ask whether treatment to lower raised blood glucose should be started much earlier.’
    • ‘If a child is allergic to a pet, talk seriously with the doctor about the need to find a new home for the animal.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also observe that while not bound to accept a joint submission, the court must seriously consider it and not lightly reject it.’
    • ‘He urged farmers not in debt already to consider it seriously.’
    • ‘The doctor seemed to contemplate this quite seriously, his fingers coming up to tap at his chin bemusedly.’
    • ‘Be sure you understand the details of cruise cancellation terms, and seriously consider buying travel insurance.’
    • ‘Rumsfeld's resignation was never seriously contemplated by Bush.’
    • ‘He's currently single, though he thinks seriously these days about settling down.’
    • ‘I seriously consider calling him and cancelling if he is still far away.’
    • ‘I seriously question whether we are capable of staging the event.’
    • ‘I seriously question whether a prosecution with that result is appropriate in a case of this character.’
    • ‘Pakistan must have seriously thought over her unilateral offer of cease-fire.’
    • ‘It was not seriously argued that the manner of the search was unreasonable.’
    1. 2.1 Really or sincerely (used especially to indicate a response of surprise or shock)
      ‘do you seriously believe that I would jeopardize my career by such acts?’
      • ‘Before he came along there really, truly, seriously were people who believed that New Labour MPs didn't do that sort of thing.’
      • ‘See, he actually, seriously believed he was a demon hunter and could see demons.’
      • ‘I seriously suggest you to get out of the business of writing.’
      • ‘Can anyone seriously believe that when the investigations began to happen, nobody gave the operatives a heads-up?’
      • ‘No one can seriously suggest that the military isn't spending enough money.’
      • ‘So you seriously expect me to believe that you, the sponsor of this revolting stunt, had no idea what the stunt involved?’
      • ‘I seriously thought there'd be a riot or something.’
      • ‘We didn't seriously suggest Benjamin could win did we?’
      • ‘I do not know of any member in this House - young or old - who honestly seriously believed that.’
      • ‘They don't seriously expect us to believe that the cash economy was quite that big…’
      • ‘Ken suggested, seriously, that prisoners all be kept in solitary confinement.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Are these same people seriously suggesting that we renounce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well?’
      • ‘No one, I believe, seriously imagines that the proposals in their present form are either wise or necessary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I find it hard to believe that anyone can seriously assert the equivalence of atrocities on both sides.’
      • ‘I have such a headache and I seriously would not be surprised if I spontaneously combusted or something right about now.’
      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 that is to follow, especially after a facetious exchange of remarks.
      ‘seriously though, shortcuts rarely work’
      • ‘Though seriously, who gets a domain name without the "www"?’
      • ‘Seriously though I think she has a point.’
      • ‘Nah, seriously though, the forum really isn't worth the trouble.’
      • ‘That's a horrific thing to contemplate, seriously it is.’
      • ‘But seriously though, I think I'll be able to update sooner since my work load is cutting down.’
      • ‘I have been a fan for 20 years, and seriously, I am questioning whether I will still be watching after tonight.’
      • ‘It got so much bad publicity but seriously, without the movie it was an amazing album on its own.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘In the end my story said nothing about their plight - though seriously what hasn't already been said?’
      • ‘No seriously though, now that I noticed it I can't help but wonder why this is.’
      • ‘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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    3. 2.3informal Used to indicate surprise at what someone has said and to check whether they really meant it.
      ‘“I'm dying to know.” “Seriously?” “Of course.”’
  • 3To a degree that is significant or worrying because of possible danger or risk.

    ‘the amount of fat you eat can seriously affect your health’
    as submodifier ‘three men are seriously ill in the hospital’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consumers can become seriously ill if they eat an egg that is not fully cooked and contaminated with salmonella.’
    • ‘The widely held belief that European levels of air pollution might seriously affect human health has been hard to verify.’
    • ‘Her badly scarred face seriously affects her speech and she worries for her future as a potential wife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the nail appears to be seriously infected see your doctor.’
    • ‘Some of them almost begged me not to write about this subject, advising me that this could seriously affect my health and safety.’
    • ‘The South East was most seriously affected but none of the train operators there reported significant delays either.’
    • ‘No one knows how many such doctors there are, but let us assume that around 3% of doctors are seriously deficient.’
    • ‘Your child is seriously hurt, but one doctor is there who can save your child.’
    • ‘The lorry driver also was injured, though not seriously.’
    • ‘The successfully treated seriously ill are also affected by these service inadequacies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will also be a network of local care hospitals supported by a critical care hospital for seriously ill patients.’
    • ‘People driving within the legal limit can be really incapacitated and have their driving seriously impaired, especially at lunchtime.’
    • ‘The new hospital will concentrate on very seriously ill children and specialist cases.’
    severely, gravely, badly, critically, acutely, sorely, grievously, desperately, alarmingly, dangerously, perilously
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  • 4informal as submodifier Very.

    ‘he was seriously rich’
    ‘I drove to the station in a seriously bad mood’
    • ‘He plots it with a series of crazy twists and sequences, word play and jugglery, and some seriously funny macabre humour.’
    • ‘It is, though, seriously overwritten, with every point made in triplicate.’
    • ‘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 am seriously bummed, though, that she didn't come after all.’
    • ‘I really hope I get to… it's a scary prospect, but it could be seriously amazing.’
    • ‘The dog tried to do some seriously extreme bouncing.’
    • ‘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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whatever suggestions they make, it is important you take them 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is a very important statement and I hope he takes it seriously.’
      • ‘This is an important study and the Government is taking it seriously.’
      • ‘Because age related memory change may signal treatable medical conditions, it is important to take any complaint seriously.’
      • ‘If you want to make anybody take you seriously, you'll have to pay attention to details like that.’
      • ‘As a unionist, he explains, it was important to take Scotland seriously in order to ensure it did not slip away into independence.’
      • ‘Even more important, they seem to be taking the environment seriously, as Labour traditionally never has.’