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Meaning & Definition of Serious in English





1. Concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

  • "A serious student of history"
  • "A serious attempt to learn to ski"
  • "Gave me a serious look"
  • "A serious young man"
  • "Are you serious or joking?"
  • "Don't be so serious!"
  • serious

2. Of great consequence

  • "Marriage is a serious matter"
  • serious

3. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

  • "A dangerous operation"
  • "A grave situation"
  • "A grave illness"
  • "Grievous bodily harm"
  • "A serious wound"
  • "A serious turn of events"
  • "A severe case of pneumonia"
  • "A life-threatening disease"
  • dangerous,
  • grave,
  • grievous,
  • serious,
  • severe,
  • life-threatening

4. Appealing to the mind

  • "Good music"
  • "A serious book"
  • good,
  • serious

5. Completely lacking in playfulness

  • unplayful,
  • serious,
  • sober

6. Requiring effort or concentration

  • Complex and not easy to answer or solve
  • "Raised serious objections to the proposal"
  • "The plan has a serious flaw"
  • serious

Examples of using

Obesity is considered by far the most serious health issue facing the developed world.
I didn't realize how serious the situation was.
If small mistakes are not corrected at once, they may lead to serious problems.