- earnest ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intensely serious.● in earnest — Cf. ↑in earnestDERIVATIVES earnestly adverb earnestness noun.ORIGIN Old English.
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Earnestly — Ear nest*ly, adv. In an earnest manner. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
earnestly — index faithfully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
earnestly — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)nɪstli[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v If you say something earnestly, you say it very seriously, often because you believe that it is important or you are trying to persuade someone else to believe it. Did you? she asked earnestly... In … English dictionary
earnestly — adv. Earnestly is used with these verbs: ↑pray, ↑speak, ↑strive, ↑talk … Collocations dictionary
earnestly — adverb in a serious manner (Freq. 2) talking earnestly with his son she started studying snakes in earnest a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce • Syn: ↑seriously, ↑in earnest • Derived from adjectiv … Useful english dictionary
earnestly — adverb see earnest II … New Collegiate Dictionary
earnestly — See earnest1. * * * … Universalium
earnestly — adverb In an earnest manner; being very sincere; putting forth genuine effort. Syn: for real … Wiktionary
earnestly — Synonyms and related words: actively, ardently, assiduously, bec et ongles, committedly, decidedly, decisively, decorously, demurely, determinedly, devotedly, devoutly, dingdong, down, exhaustively, fervently, fervidly, firmly, fixedly, for real … Moby Thesaurus
earnestly — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. solemnly, sincerely, soberly, thoughtfully; see busily , seriously 2 , sincerely … English dictionary for students