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serious - Dictionary definition and meaning for word serious

(adj) concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
Example Sentence
  • a serious student of history
  • a serious attempt to learn to ski
  • gave me a serious look
  • a serious young man
  • are you serious or joking?
  • Don't be so serious!

(adj) of great consequence
Example Sentence
  • marriage is a serious matter

(adj) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
Example Sentence
  • a dangerous operation
  • a grave situation
  • a grave illness
  • grievous bodily harm
  • a serious wound
  • a serious turn of events
  • a severe case of pneumonia
  • a life-threatening disease

(adj) appealing to the mind
Synonyms : good
Example Sentence
  • good music
  • a serious book

(adj) completely lacking in playfulness
Synonyms : sober , unplayful

(adj) requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve
Example Sentence
  • raised serious objections to the proposal
  • the plan has a serious flaw

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