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earnest

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈɜr·nəst/ us  
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
adverb [not gradable]  /ˈɜr·nəs·tli/ us  
earnestness
noun [U]  /ˈɜr·nəst·nəs/ us  
Translations of “earnest”
in Korean 솔직한…
in Arabic جادّ…
in French sérieux…
in Turkish ciddi, ağırbaşlı…
in Italian serio, zelante…
in Chinese (Traditional) 認真的, 有決心的, 鄭重其事的…
in Russian серьезный…
in Polish szczery, poważny…
in Spanish serio…
in Portuguese sério, sincero…
in German ernst, ernstlich…
in Catalan seriós, formal…
in Japanese まじめな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 认真的, 有决心的, 郑重其事的…
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