serious

serious
adjective
1 SITUATION/PROBLEM a serious situation, problem, accident etc is extremely bad or dangerous: a serious illness | How serious do you think the situation is? | serious crime: The number of serious crimes has increased dramatically in the last year.
2 be serious
a) if someone is serious about something, they say what they really mean and are not joking or pretending
(+ about): I stopped laughing when I realized Jen was serious about it. | I'm serious! spoken (=used to emphasize that something is important): I'm serious, Kerry. You'd better listen! | deadly serious (=extremely serious)
b) spoken used to tell someone that what they have just said is silly or impossible: “We could make it from here to Florida if we drove all night.” “Be serious! It's a three day drive.” | you can't be serious!: “I thought I'd try to fix the car myself.” “You can't be serious!”
3 CAREFUL careful and thorough: I think this matter needs serious consideration. | a serious article
4 ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP a serious romantic relationship is intended to continue for a long time: Oo, sounds like it's serious!
(+ about): Are you really serious about her then? | serious boyfriend/girlfriend: Don't even think about Peter. He has a serious girlfriend.
5 PERSON someone who is serious is always very sensible and quiet: He's a nice guy, but very serious.
6 IMPORTANT important: They agreed to have lunch before starting on the serious business.
7 serious money/exercise etc informal a large amount of money etc: I'll have to do some serious exercise before I can fit into that dress.
8 VERY GOOD (only before noun) informal very good and often expensive: He's got some serious stereo equipment!
9 SPORT/ACTIVITY (only before noun) someone very interested in something, and spending a lot of time doing it: a serious golfer | Any serious student of psychology should read this article.
10 WORRIED/UNHAPPY seeming slightly worried or unhappy: You look serious. What's wrong?
— seriousness noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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