Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent. (adjective)
Strenuous; diligent. (adjective)
Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important. (adjective)
Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness. (noun)
Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to jesting or feigned appearance); fixed determination; eagerness; intentness. (noun)
To be serious with; use in earnest. (verb)
A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come. (noun)
Examples of word earnest
Stands to reason, if any man's going to preach earnest, _earnest_, mind you, he'll require some notes or heads jotted down, clear and easy to be got at, before him. "
She leaned across the table, her expression earnest and so beautiful he could only stare, marveling at what changes time had wrought in her.
"What they should be doing in earnest is forming opinions, not about me but about GM and what this company is doing that is ... hugely beneficial to the causes they so enthusiastically claim to support," he said in a posting titled, "Talk About a Crock."
Before they got out of the cab Douglass turned to him, his expression earnest at last.
And if you are in earnest, is there nothing you have to do besides praying?