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earnest

adjective uk   /ˈɜː.nɪst/ us    /ˈɝː-/
serious and determined, especially too serious and unable to find your own actions funny: He was a very earnest young man.in deadly earnest completely serious: These fanatics are in deadly earnest when they say they want to destroy all forms of government.in earnest When something begins in earnest, it has already started but is now being done in a serious and complete way: The election campaign has begun in earnest.be in earnest to be speaking honestly: I thought he was joking - I didn't realize he was in earnest.
earnestly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
earnestness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɜː.nɪst.nəs/ us    /ˈɝː-/
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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