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ear·nest 1

 (ûr′nĭst)
adj.
Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness: an earnest gesture of goodwill. See Synonyms at serious.
Idiom:
in earnest
1. With a purposeful or sincere intent: settled down to study in earnest for the examination.
2. Serious; determined: "Both sides are deeply in earnest, with passions that approximate those of civil war" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).

[Middle English ernest, from Old English eornoste; see er- in Indo-European roots.]

ear′nest·ly adv.
ear′nest·ness n.

ear·nest 2

 (ûr′nĭst)
n.
1. Earnest money.
2. A token of something to come; a promise or assurance.

[Middle English ernest, variant of ernes, alteration of Old French erres, pl. of erre, pledge, from Latin arra, alteration of arrabō, from Greek arrabōn, earnest-money, of Canaanite origin; see ʕrb in Semitic roots.]

earnest

(ˈɜːnɪst)
adj
1. serious in mind or intention: an earnest student.
2. showing or characterized by sincerity of intention: an earnest promise.
3. demanding or receiving serious attention
n
seriousness
[Old English eornost; related to Old High German ernust seriousness, Old Norse ern energetic, efficient, Gothic arniba secure]
ˈearnestly adv
ˈearnestness n

earnest

(ˈɜːnɪst)
n
1. a part or portion of something given in advance as a guarantee of the remainder
2. (Law) contract law Also called: earnest money something given, usually a nominal sum of money, to confirm a contract
3. any token of something to follow; pledge; assurance
[C13: from Old French erres pledges, plural of erre earnest money, from Latin arrha, shortened from arrabō pledge, from Greek arrabon, from Hebrew `ērābhōn pledge, from `ārabh he pledged]

ear•nest1

(ˈɜr nɪst)

adj.
1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous.
2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: an earnest entreaty.
3. seriously important; grave.
n.
4. full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to be in earnest.
[before 1000; Middle English ernest, Old English eornost zeal, seriousness, c. Middle Low German ernest, Old High German ernust]
ear′nest•ly, adv.
ear′nest•ness, n.
syn: earnest, resolute, serious, sincere imply having qualities of steady purposefulness. earnest implies having a purpose and being steadily and soberly eager in pursuing it: an earnest student. resolute adds a quality of determination: resolute in defending the rights of others. serious implies having depth and a soberness of attitude that contrasts with gaiety and frivolity; it may include the qualities of both earnestness and resolution: serious and thoughtful. sincere suggests genuineness, trustworthiness, and absence of superficiality: a sincere interest in a person's welfare.

ear•nest2

(ˈɜr nɪst)

n.
1. a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.
2. money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract.
[1175–1225; Middle English ernes(t), alter. of Old French erres, pl. of erre earnest money < Latin arr(h)a short for arr(h)abō < Greek arrhabṓn < Semitic (compare Hebrew ‘ērābhōn security, pledge)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.earnest - something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
surety, security - property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation; "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"
arles, earnest money - money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract
Adj.1.earnest - characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; "both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; "an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; "a film with a solemn social message"
serious - concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "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!"
2.earnest - earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"
sincere - open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"
3.earnest - not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
purposeful - serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal

earnest

adjective
2. determined, firm, dogged, constant, urgent, intent, persistent, ardent, persevering, resolute, heartfelt, zealous, vehement, wholehearted Despite their earnest efforts, they failed to win support.
determined indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested, couldn't-care-less, apathetic, unenthusiastic, half-hearted
in earnest
3. seriously, resolutely, earnestly, wholeheartedly Campaigning will begin in earnest tomorrow.
4. genuine, serious, sincere, honest, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal), not joking I can never tell whether he is in earnest or not.

earnest 1

adjective
1. Marked by sober sincerity:
Idiom: in earnest.
2. Full of or marked by dignity and seriousness:
3. Having great consequence or weight:

earnest 2

noun
Something given to guarantee the repayment of a loan or the fulfillment of an obligation:
Translations
جادُّ، جدّيعـاقِد العَزْم
oprigtigseriøs
alvarlegur, ákveîinnalvarlegur, einlægur
iš širdiesne juokaisrimtai
apņēmīgsdedzīgsnopietns

earnest

1 [ˈɜːnɪst]
A. ADJ (= serious) [person, character etc] → serio, formal; (= sincere) → sincero; (= eager) [wish, request] → vivo, ferviente
it is my earnest wish thatdeseo fervientemente que + subjun
B. N in earnesten serio
are you in earnest?¿lo dices en serio?

earnest

2 [ˈɜːnɪst] Nprenda f, señal f
earnest moneyfianza f

earnest

[ˈɜːrnɪst]
adj
[person] → sérieux/euse; [expression] → sérieux/euse
[wish] → sincère; [effort] → sérieux/euse
n
to be in earnest (= serious) [person] → être sérieux
(= sign) an earnest of sth → un gage de qch
as an earnest of sth → en gage de qch
in earnest adv (= seriously) → sérieusement, pour de bon
to do sth in earnest → faire qch sérieusement

earnest

adj personernst, ernsthaft; voiceernst; hope, desireaufrichtig, innig; conversation, discussionernsthaft; it shall be my earnest prayer that …ich werde aufrichtig dafür beten, dass …; they were in earnest conversationsie unterhielten sich ernsthaft
n
in earnest (= for real)richtig; then she started crying in earnestdann fing sie erst an richtig zu weinen; to be in earnest about something (= serious)etw ernst meinen; is he in earnest about it?ist es ihm ernst damit?; this time I’m in earnestdiesmal meine ich es ernst, diesmal ist es mein Ernst
earnest (money) (Jur, = deposit) → Handgeld nt
(= guarantee)Pfand nt (→ of +gen); an earnest of one’s good intentionsein (Unter)pfand seiner guten Absichten

earnest

[ˈɜːnɪst]
1. adj (person, character, request) → serio/a; (wish) → sincero/a
2. n
a. in earnest (with determination) → con serietà, con coscienza; (seriously) → sul serio
b. (Law) (also earnest money) → caparra

earnest

(ˈəːnist) adjective
1. serious or over-serious. an earnest student; She wore an earnest expression.
2. showing determination, sincerity or strong feeling. He made an earnest attempt to improve his work.
ˈearnestness noun
earnestly adverb
in earnest
1. serious; not joking. I am in earnest when I say this.
2. seriously; with energy and determination. He set to work in earnest.
References in classic literature ?
Now, my little pilgrims, suppose you begin again, not in play, but in earnest, and see how far on you can get before Father comes home.
Well, it may be a joke; and yet the professor seems very much in earnest about it," replied Tom.
It will be all right with mama after you pass your college examinations and she sees you're in earnest.
She never knew precisely what to make of it; at that moment it was impossible for her to guess how much of it was jest and what proportion was earnest.
The former was seated on the end of a mossy log, in a posture that permitted him to heighten the effect of his earnest language, by the calm but expressive gestures of an Indian engaged in debate.
I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day, and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia.
Kearney," she said dryly, "one would think that some silly, conceited girl"--she was quite earnest in her epithets, for a sudden, angry conviction of some coquetry and disingenuousness in Jessie had come to her in contemplating its effects upon the young fellow at her side--"some country jilt, had been trying her rustic hand upon you.
If one of the family did but gurgle in his throat, a bystander would be likely enough to whisper, between jest and earnest,"He has Maule's blood to drink
Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?
But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
Whenever I fall into trouble, or fall in love, I shall always tell you, if you'll let me - even when I come to fall in love in earnest.
I may change my mind and be in earnest, too; and then how will you feel, Mr.