se‧ri‧ous‧ly S2 W2
very much or to a great degree
seriously ill/injured/damaged etc
Was she seriously hurt?
I'm seriously worried about Ben.
Something was seriously wrong.
in a way that is not joking, especially because something is important:
It's time we talked seriously about our relationship.
b) [sentence adverb] spoken
used to show that what you say next is not a joke:
Seriously though, I think Toby likes you.
to believe that someone or something is worth your attention or respect:
As a teacher, it's important that the kids take you seriously.
It's only a joke - don't take it seriously!
used to ask someone if they really mean what they have just said:
'The job's yours.' 'Seriously?'