serious and zealous in intention, purpose, or effort: an earnest worker.
showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty.
seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention.
seriousness and zealousness: to speak in earnest.
- ear·nest·ly, adverb
- ear·nest·ness, noun
Other definitions for earnest (2 of 2)
a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.
Law. earnest money.
anything that gives pledge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.
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How to use earnest in a sentence
So good that even if you forget what they were advertising — Coca-Cola — you’ll remember the fearsome Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle and the earnest young fan and everything it said, or didn’t need to say, about race.
Prototyping on the game’s movement systems started before development on the game began in earnest.Virtual reality has real problems. Here’s how game developers seek to delete them. | Derek Swinhart | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
He also earned his first Emmy nomination for his voice-over performance in “Central Park,” the earnest and eccentric Apple TV Plus animated series.After ‘Hamilton,’ Leslie Odom Jr. just wanted to be himself. Then the role of Sam Cooke came calling. | Thomas Floyd | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
My hope for 2021 is to see more of these ideas explored and adopted in earnest.Five ways to make AI a greater force for good in 2021 | Karen Hao | January 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Vaccinating the world will be perhaps the single greatest global challenge of 2021, and that process is now beginning in earnest.
It almost makes you wonder if Lizard Squad did this just to annoy Anonymous and the other earnest champions of privacy.
He becomes especially earnest when the conversation turns to his role as The Baker in Into the Woods.New ‘Late Late Show’ Host James Corden Would Like to Manage Your Expectations | Kevin Fallon | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg was as provocative as Hammerstein, though with a much less earnest, more whimsical sensibility.
The US first considered the idea in the 1820s, but interest was revived in earnest after the California Gold Rush began in 1849.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution | Nina Lakhani | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Few politicians garner the celebrity that Senator Booker does, and fewer still seem so earnest and human while doing it.
The hum of earnest or glad voices here contrasted strongly with silence and meditation there.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
This is a slow process, but earnest hearts and united minds will render it a sure one.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The earnest youth grinding at the academic mill has dreamed it in the pauses of his studious labor.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
We made the freight camp, however, just as the storm cut loose in deadly earnest.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
A remarkable man he was indeed; simple and earnest in manner, with a fine eye, a full dark beard and sunburnt face.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for earnest (1 of 2)
serious in mind or intention: an earnest student
showing or characterized by sincerity of intention: an earnest promise
demanding or receiving serious attention
in earnest with serious or sincere intentions
- earnestly, adverb
- earnestness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for earnest (2 of 2)
a part or portion of something given in advance as a guarantee of the remainder
Also called: earnest money contract law something given, usually a nominal sum of money, to confirm a contract
any token of something to follow; pledge; assurance
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Other Idioms and Phrases with earnest
see in earnest.
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