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adjective [not gradable]  us   /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.
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈɜr·nəs·tli/
noun [U]  us   /ˈɜr·nəst·nəs/
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