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[seer-ee-uh s-lee] /ˈsɪər i əs li/
in a serious manner:
He shook his head seriously.
to an alarmingly grave extent:
seriously ill.
with genuine, earnest intent; sincerely:
Seriously, kids, we have to get home before dark.
Origin of seriously
1500-10; serious + -ly Unabridged
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  • All it has to do is take these protests as seriously as they deserve to be taken.
  • Kennan took seriously the charge that he must become a scholar.
  • Investors have suddenly started taking nanotechnology seriously.
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  • The mammalian heart may possess the ability to renew seriously damaged tissue, researchers say.
  • Fit has become one seriously over-determined signifier, co-opted so often and for such disparate ends as to become meaningless.
  • If businesspeople should take art more seriously, artists too should take business more seriously.
  • Wheeler was one of the first prominent physicists seriously to propose that reality might not be a wholly physical phenomenon.
  • Smaller, more numerous carnivores would have seriously limited its feeding opportunities.
British Dictionary definitions for seriously


in a serious manner or to a serious degree
(informal) extremely or remarkably: seriously tall
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Word Origin and History for seriously

c.1500, from serious + -ly (2). To take (something) seriously is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for seriously



Very; extremely (1981+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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