• Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  • Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important.
  • Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; — used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  • Strenuous; diligent.

    "earnest efforts"

  • Serious in speech or action; eager; urgent; importunate; pressing; instant.
  • Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent.

    "an earnest disposition"


  • A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come.
  • Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to jesting or feigned appearance); fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  • Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness.


  • (transitive) To be serious with; use in earnest.

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