seriously Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “seriously” in the English Dictionary

"seriously" in British English

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uk   /ˈsɪə.ri.ə  us   /ˈsɪr.i-/

seriously adverb (BADLY)

B1 badly or ​severely: Badly ​cookedshellfish can make you seriously ​ill. He wasn't seriously ​injured - he just got a few ​cuts and ​bruises.
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seriously adverb (NOT JOKING)

B2 in a ​serious way, not ​joking: Seriously now, did he really say that or are you just being ​silly? You're not seriously ​thinking of ​leaving, are you?

seriously adverb (NEEDING ATTENTION)

take sb/sth seriously
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  • You don't take me seriously any more!
  • We have to take ​complaints like this very seriously.
  • We take this ​sort of thing very seriously ​indeed.
  • Doctors will always take this ​symptom seriously.
  • I was ​joking - don't take me so seriously!
B2 to ​consider a ​person, ​subject, or ​situation to be ​important or ​dangerous and ​worthyourattention or ​respect: The ​police have to take any ​terroristthreat seriously. You don't take anything seriously, do you? It's all one ​bigjoke to you. She's ​sick of being ​seen as a ​sexsymbol and ​wants to be taken seriously as an ​actress. These ​youngactors take themselves so seriously!

seriously adverb (EXTREMELY)

informal very: They do some seriously good ​desserts there. That ​boy is seriously ​stupid.
(Definition of seriously from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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