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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  
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