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se·ri·ous

 (sîr′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Thoughtful, somber, or grave in manner: He became serious when he was asked about the economy.
2. Not joking or trifling: I was serious when I said I liked your haircut.
3. Deeply interested or involved: a serious golfer.
4. Meriting great concern: a serious illness; a serious mistake.
5. Performed with careful thought: a serious effort to reform tax policy.
6. Pertaining to important rather than trivial matters: a serious discussion.
7. Sincerely meant: mistook a sarcastic comment for a serious question.
8. Intended for sophisticated people: serious music.
9. Informal Of considerable size or scope; substantial: a serious amount of money.

[Middle English, from Old French serieux, from Late Latin sēriōsus, from Latin sērius.]

se′ri·ous·ly adv.
se′ri·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: serious, sober, grave2, solemn, earnest1
These adjectives refer to manner, appearance, disposition, or acts marked by absorption in thought, pressing concerns, or significant work. Serious implies a concern with responsibility and work as opposed to play: serious students of music. Sober emphasizes circumspection and self-restraint: "When ... his sober demeanor gave way at the graveside, it was with the severity of one bereft beyond redemption" (Philip Roth).
Grave suggests the dignity and somberness associated with weighty matters: "a little girl with brownish-blackish hair standing at one of those windows like a grave captain at the prow of a ship" (Stacey D'Erasmo).
Solemn often adds to grave the suggestion of impressiveness: The judge was solemn when issuing the sentence. Earnest implies sincerity and intensity of purpose: We are earnest in our desire to reach an equitable solution.

serious

(ˈsɪərɪəs)
adj
1. grave in nature or disposition; thoughtful: a serious person.
2. marked by deep feeling; in earnest; sincere: is he serious or joking?.
3. concerned with important matters: a serious conversation.
4. requiring effort or concentration: a serious book.
5. giving rise to fear or anxiety; critical: a serious illness.
6. informal worthy of regard because of substantial quantity or quality: serious money; serious wine.
7. informal extreme or remarkable: a serious haircut.
[C15: from Late Latin sēriōsus, from Latin sērius; probably related to Old English swǣr gloomy, Gothic swers esteemed]
ˈseriousness n

se•ri•ous

(ˈsɪər i əs)

adj.
1. of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.
2. grave or somber, as in character, disposition, or mood.
3. earnest; sincere; not trifling: a serious proposal.
4. requiring thought, concentration, or application: serious reading.
5. weighty, important, or significant: Marriage is a serious matter.
6. giving cause for apprehension; critical or threatening: a serious relapse.
7. arising from deep concern, perplexity, etc.: serious questions.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sērius or Late Latin sēriōsus; see -ous, -ose1]
se′ri•ous•ly, adv.
se′ri•ous•ness, n.
syn: See earnest1.

serious

1. 'serious'

You say that a problem or situation is serious when it is bad enough to make people worried or afraid.

Bad housing is one of the most serious problems in the inner cities.
...a serious illness.

Serious matters are important and deserve careful consideration.

It's time to get down to the serious business of the meeting.
I think this is a serious point.

People who are serious are thoughtful and quiet and do not often make jokes.

...a rather serious girl.

You can also describe someone's expression as serious.

She had a serious, thoughtful face.
Don't look so serious!
2. 'serious about'

If someone is serious about doing something that they have talked about doing, they really intend to do it.

This would prove that we were serious about overcoming the obstacles.
If the government is serious about encouraging us to save, it should overhaul the system.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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!"
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"
2.serious - of great consequence; "marriage is a serious matter"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
3.serious - causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "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"
critical - being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"
4.serious - appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book"
intellectual - appealing to or using the intellect; "satire is an intellectual weapon"; "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; "coldly intellectual"; "sort of the intellectual type"; "intellectual literature"
5.serious - completely lacking in playfulnessserious - completely lacking in playfulness  
6.serious - requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve; "raised serious objections to the proposal"; "the plan has a serious flaw"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

serious

adjective
1. grave, bad, critical, worrying, dangerous, acute, alarming, severe, extreme, grievous His condition was serious but stable.
2. important, crucial, urgent, pressing, difficult, worrying, deep, significant, grim, far-reaching, momentous, fateful, weighty, no laughing matter, of moment or consequence I regard this as a serious matter.
important insignificant, minor, trivial, slight, unimportant
3. thoughtful, detailed, careful, deep, profound, in-depth It was a question which deserved serious consideration.

serious

adjective
1. Full of or marked by dignity and seriousness:
2. Marked by sober sincerity:
Idiom: in earnest.
3. Having great consequence or weight:
4. Causing or marked by danger or pain, for example:
5. Not easy to do, achieve, or master:
Translations
جادجاد، صادِقجَدّي، رَزينجِدِّيّخَطِر، خَطير
vážnýnáročnýopravdový
alvorligfarligseriøs
serioza
vakava
ozbiljanvažanznačajanhladan
komolysúlyos
alvarleguralvarlegur, hættulegureinlægur
深刻な
심각한
rimtaižiūrėti į ką rimtai
dziļšgudrsnopietnssmagsvisā nopietnībā
resen
allvarligseriös
ร้ายแรง
ağır başlıciddiciddîsamimîtehlikeli
nghiêm trọng

serious

[ˈsɪərɪəs] ADJ
1. (= in earnest, not frivolous) [person] → serio, formal; [expression, discussion, newspaper, music] → serio
a rather serious girluna chica bastante seria or formal
are you serious?¿lo dices en serio?
you can't be serious!no lo dices en serio, ¿verdad?
gentlemen, let's be seriousseñores, un poco de formalidad
to be serious about sth/sb she's serious about her studiesse toma sus estudios en serio
are you serious about giving up the job?¿hablas en serio de dejar el trabajo?
he is serious about his threatsus amenazas van en serio
he's serious about leaving homeestá decidido a irse de casa
is she serious about him?¿va ella en serio con él?
they haven't made a serious attempt to solve the problemno han intentado realmente resolver el problema
the serious business of running the countryla importante tarea de gobernar el país
eating shellfish is a serious business in Francecomer marisco no es algo que se tome a la ligera en Francia
to give serious consideration to sthconsiderar algo seriamente
to take a serious interest in sthinteresarse seriamente por algo
don't look so serious!¡no te pongas tan serio!
on a more serious notepasando a un tema más serio
all serious offers consideredcualquier oferta (que sea) seria se tendrá en cuenta
to give serious thought to sthconsiderar algo seriamente
see also deadly B
2. (= grave) [problem, consequences, situation] → grave, serio; [danger, illness, injury, mistake] → grave
the patient's condition is seriousel paciente está grave
to have serious doubts about sthtener serias dudas sobre algo
to get serious [shortage, epidemic, drought] → convertirse en un serio or grave problema
things are getting seriousla situación se está poniendo seria
she is in serious troubleestá en serios apuros
3.
she's earning serious moneyno está ganando ninguna tontería

serious

[ˈsɪəriəs] adj
(= not joking) [person, comment] → sérieux/euse
Are you serious? → Vous êtes sérieux?
Is that your serious opinion?
BUT Pensez-vous sérieusement ce que vous dites?.
(= thoughtful) [person, temperament] → sérieux/euse
You look very serious → Tu as l'air sérieux.
(= bad) [problem, situation] → sérieux/euse; [accident, damage, illness] → sérieux/euse often before n
The government faces serious difficulties → Le gouvernement fait face à de sérieuses difficultés.
Doctors said his condition was serious → Les médecins ont dit que son état était sérieux.
The storm caused serious damage → La tempête a causé de sérieux dommages.
(= important) [matter] → sérieux/euse
Don't laugh. This is a serious matter → Ne riez pas. C'est une affaire sérieuse.

serious

adj
(= earnest)ernst; (= not frivolous)ernsthaft; consideration, discussion, conversation, doubtsernst, ernsthaft; point, matter, businessernst; newspaper, publication, interesternsthaft, seriös; offer, suggestionernst gemeint, seriös; attempternsthaft; contenderernst zu nehmend attr; to be serious about doing somethingetw im Ernst tun wollen; I’m serious (about it)ich meine das ernst, das ist mein Ernst; I’m deadly seriouses ist mir todernst (inf); he is serious about herer meint es ernst mit ihr; be serious about your studiesdu musst dein Studium ernst nehmen; you can’t be serious!das meinst du doch nicht ernst!, das kann nicht dein Ernst sein!; to give serious thought or consideration to somethingsich (dat)etw ernsthaft or ernstlich überlegen, sich über etw (acc)ernsthafte Gedanken machen; the serious student of jazz will …wer sich ernsthaft mit Jazz beschäftigt, wird; to earn serious money (inf)das große Geld verdienen
(= critical) accident, flooding, deficiencies, lossschwer; mistake, injuryschwer, schlimm; problemernst, ernst zu nehmend attr; illnessschwer, ernst; situationernst, schlimm; patient’s conditionernst, bedenklich; threat, shortage, lackernst, ernstlich; deteriorationbedenklich; it’s seriousdas ist schlimm; it’s getting seriouses wird ernst; inflation is getting seriousdie Inflation nimmt ernste Ausmaße an

serious

[ˈsɪərɪəs] adj
a. (earnest) → serio/a
to give serious thought to sth → considerare seriamente qc
he's a serious student of jazz → s'interessa seriamente di jazz
she's getting serious about him → si sta innamorando sul serio di lui
are you serious (about it)? → parli sul serio?
you can't be serious! → stai scherzando!
b. (causing concern) → serio/a, grave
the patient's condition is serious → il paziente versa in gravi condizioni

serious

(ˈsiəriəs) adjective
1. grave or solemn. a quiet, serious boy; You're looking very serious.
2. (often with about) in earnest; sincere. Is he serious about wanting to be a doctor?
3. intended to make people think. He reads very serious books.
4. causing worry; dangerous. a serious head injury; The situation is becoming serious.
ˈseriousness noun
ˈseriously adverb
in a serious way; to a serious extent. Is he seriously thinking of being an actor?; She is seriously ill.
take (someone or something) seriously
1. to regard (a person or his statement etc) as in earnest. You mustn't take his jokes/promises seriously.
2. to regard (a matter) as a subject for concern or serious thought. He refuses to take anything seriously.

serious

جِدِّيّ vážný alvorlig ernst σοβαρός serio vakava sérieux ozbiljan serio 深刻な 심각한 serieus alvorlig poważny sério серьезный allvarlig ร้ายแรง ciddi nghiêm trọng 严重的

serious

a. serio-a; complicado-a;
adv. seriamente.

serious

adj (illness, condition) grave, serio; (person) serio
References in classic literature ?
and then the rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned, and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.
In the eyes of the old man was the strained serious look that always a little frightened David.
Fortunately the scratches were on the fleshy parts of the arms and shoulders, where, though painful, they were not necessarily serious.
he asked; himself growing serious at his companion's solicitation.
When they rejoined the expecting and anxious females, he briefly acquainted them with the conditions of their new guide, and with the necessity that existed for their hushing every apprehension in instant and serious exertions.
The banker had not believed the young man could look so serious.
John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.
It had the effect of banishing his assumed playfulness, which made his serious explanation the more irritating.
It is indeed difficult to imagine that there could have been a serious suspicion of murder, or the slightest grounds for implicating any particular individual as the perpetrator.
Nevertheless, like the greater part of our misfortunes, even so serious a contingency brings its remedy and consolation with it, if the sufferer will but make the best rather than the worst, of the accident which has befallen him.
She was young, untried, nervous: it was a vision of serious duties and little company, of really great loneliness.
Meanwhile, I lay quietly eyeing him, having no serious misgivings now, and bent upon narrowly observing so curious a creature.