seriously Definition

  • 1in a solemn or considered manner
  • 2to a severe or worrying degree
  • 3used to express disbelief or doubt about something surprising or unlikely

Using seriously: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "seriously" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I seriously doubt that he will come.

  • Example

    She took the criticism seriously and worked hard to improve her performance.

  • Example

    The accident was so serious that the driver had to be taken to the hospital.

  • Example

    Are you seriously telling me that you won the lottery?

seriously Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for seriously

Antonyms for seriously

Phrases with seriously

  • take someone/something seriously

    to believe that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way


    You need to take your health seriously and start exercising regularly.

  • having a severe illness that requires medical attention


    The patient is seriously ill and needs to be hospitalized immediately.

  • having a severe injury that requires medical attention


    The victim of the car accident was seriously injured and had to be rushed to the emergency room.


Summary: seriously in Brief

The adverb 'seriously' [ˈsɪrɪəsli] has three main meanings: 1) in a solemn or considered manner, 2) to a severe or worrying degree, and 3) used to express disbelief or doubt about something surprising or unlikely. It can be used in phrases like 'take someone/something seriously' and 'seriously ill' to indicate the gravity of a situation.

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