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earnest

adjective
 
 
/ˈɜːnɪst/
very serious and sincere: an earnest young man an earnest effortHonesty, openness and sincerityLacking humour
in earnest If something begins to happen in earnest, it really starts to happen in a serious way: The research will begin in earnest early next year.ImportanceUseful or advantageous
be in earnest to be very serious about something and mean what you are sayingHonesty, openness and sincerityLacking humour
earnestly adverb earnestness noun [U]
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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