seriously


seriously
se|ri|ous|ly
W2S2 [ˈsıəriəsli US ˈsır-] adv
1.) very much or to a great degree
seriously ill/injured/damaged etc
Was she seriously hurt?
I'm seriously worried about Ben.
Something was seriously wrong .
2.)
a) in a way that is not joking, especially because something is important
It's time we talked seriously about our relationship.
b) [sentence adverb] spoken
used to show that what you say next is not a joke
Seriously though , I think Toby likes you.
3.) take sb/sth seriously
to believe that someone or something is worth your attention or respect
As a teacher, it's important that the kids take you seriously.
It's only a joke - don't take it seriously!
4.) seriously?
spoken used to ask someone if they really mean what they have just said
'The job's yours.' 'Seriously?'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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