- 1more seriously and with more force or effort than before The work on the house will begin in earnest on Monday. That was when our troubles started in earnest.
- 2very serious and sincere about what you are saying and about your intentions; in a way that shows that you are serious I could tell she spoke in earnest. synonyms at serious
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adverb He gazed earnestly into my eyes.
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