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Meaning & Definition of Earnest in English

English

Earnest

/ərnɪst/

noun

1. Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract

    synonym:
  • earnest

adjective

1. Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions

  • "Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"
  • "An entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"
  • "A film with a solemn social message"
    synonym:
  • earnest
  • ,
  • sincere
  • ,
  • solemn

2. Earnest

  • "One's dearest wish"
  • "Devout wishes for their success"
  • "Heartfelt condolences"
    synonym:
  • dear
  • ,
  • devout
  • ,
  • earnest
  • ,
  • heartfelt

3. Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal

    synonym:
  • businesslike
  • ,
  • earnest

Examples of using

He started to study in earnest.