Definition of seriously adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪəriəsli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪriəsli//
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  1. 1  in a serious way to be seriously ill/injured You're not seriously expecting me to believe that? They are seriously concerned about security. Smoking can seriously damage your health.
  2. 2  used at the beginning of a sentence to show a change from joking to being more serious Seriously though, it could be really dangerous.
  3. 3(informal) very; extremely They're seriously rich.
  4. Extra examples The research group’s findings need to be considered seriously. They’re no help at all—they’re refusing to take the problem seriously. You need to think seriously about your next career move.Idioms
    take somebody/something seriously
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     to think that somebody/something is important and deserves your attention and respect We take threats of this kind very seriously. Why can't you ever take anything seriously? Headaches in young children should always be taken seriously. You can’t take anything she says very seriously.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: seriously