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English definition of “earnest”

earnest

adjective [not gradable]    /ˈɜr·nəst/
sincere and serious : She made an earnest attempt to convert me to her point of view . in earnest If something is done in earnest, it is done seriously : Work on the building began , in earnest, in late spring . earnestly    /ˈɜr·nəs·tli/ adverb [not gradable] earnestness    /ˈɜr·nəst·nəs/ noun [U]
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