seriously

seriously
[[t]sɪ͟əriəsli[/t]]
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1) ADV: ADV with cl You use seriously to indicate that you are not joking and that you really mean what you say.

Seriously, I only smoke in the evenings.

2) CONVENTION (feelings) You say `seriously' when you are surprised by what someone has said, as a way of asking them if they really mean it. [SPOKEN]

`I tried to chat him up at the general store.' He laughed. `Seriously?'

3) See also serious
4) PHRASE: V inflects If you take someone or something seriously, you believe that they are important and deserve attention.

It's hard to take them seriously in their pretty grey uniforms...

The phrase was not meant to be taken seriously.


English dictionary. 2008.

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