1) ADV-GRADED: ADV with v If you say something earnestly, you say it very seriously, often because you believe that it is important or you are trying to persuade someone else to believe it.
`Did you?' she asked earnestly...
In 1990, we were all earnestly assured that property values could only go up.2) ADV-GRADED: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj If you do something earnestly, you do it in a thorough and serious way, intending to succeed.
She always listened earnestly as if this might help her to understand.3) ADV-GRADED: ADV before v If you earnestly hope or wish for something, you hope or wish strongly and sincerely for it.
I earnestly hope what I learned will serve me well in my new job.
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Earnestly — Ear nest*ly, adv. In an earnest manner. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
earnestly — index faithfully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
earnestly — adv. Earnestly is used with these verbs: ↑pray, ↑speak, ↑strive, ↑talk … Collocations dictionary
earnestly — earnest ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intensely serious. ● in earnest Cf. ↑in earnest DERIVATIVES earnestly adverb earnestness noun. ORIGIN Old English … English terms dictionary
earnestly — adverb in a serious manner (Freq. 2) talking earnestly with his son she started studying snakes in earnest a play dealing seriously with the question of divorce • Syn: ↑seriously, ↑in earnest • Derived from adjectiv … Useful english dictionary
earnestly — adverb see earnest II … New Collegiate Dictionary
earnestly — See earnest1. * * * … Universalium
earnestly — adverb In an earnest manner; being very sincere; putting forth genuine effort. Syn: for real … Wiktionary
earnestly — Synonyms and related words: actively, ardently, assiduously, bec et ongles, committedly, decidedly, decisively, decorously, demurely, determinedly, devotedly, devoutly, dingdong, down, exhaustively, fervently, fervidly, firmly, fixedly, for real … Moby Thesaurus
earnestly — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. solemnly, sincerely, soberly, thoughtfully; see busily , seriously 2 , sincerely … English dictionary for students