serious

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serious is part of the Basic English 850.
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serious is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
serious

Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈsɪəriəs/
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Adjective[change]

Positive
serious

Comparative
more serious

Superlative
most serious

  1. A problem or situation is serious if it is not funny or comical, but important.
    This is a serious problem. We must do something.
  2. A person is serious if the person is not laughing or joking, but saying what they mean.
    I see. When you said the room was empty, you were serious!
    The woman's face looked serious, so I knew she was saying something important.

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