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definition of the word earnest

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Old English eornost

earnest (comparative more earnest, superlative most earnest)

Positive
earnest

Comparative
more earnest

Superlative
most earnest

  1. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  2. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  3. Serious; important.

Singular
earnest

Plural
uncountable

earnest (uncountable)

  1. Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.

Middle English ernes, from Latin

Singular
earnest

Plural
uncountable

earnest (uncountable)

  1. Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  2. Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.

Singular
earnest

Plural
earnests

earnest (plural earnests)

  1. To use in earnest.

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