Serious - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɪriəs|  American pronunciation of the word serious
Brit.  |ˈsɪərɪəs|  British pronunciation of the word serious

adjective

- of great consequence

marriage is a serious matter

- causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm(syn: dangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, severe)

a serious wound
a serious turn of events

- appealing to the mind(syn: good)

a serious book

- requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve

raised serious objections to the proposal
the plan has a serious flaw

Examples

“You sound terrible.” “It's just a bad cold. Nothing serious.”

For my brother, not going to college was a serious mistake.

Crime is a serious problem in this neighborhood.

The team is a serious contender for the championship.

If you want to quit smoking, you have to make a serious effort.

They had a serious conversation about their relationship.

a serious novel about modern life

The story raises serious questions about our system of justice.

Dog shows are a serious business.

She is a serious cyclist who rides 200 miles each week.

I remember her as a very serious child.

This problem needs some serious consideration.

She is serious about going to live abroad.

We did some fairly serious walking over the weekend.

This is a serious wine.

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