earnestly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

earnest +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

earnestly (comparative more earnestly, superlative most earnestly)

  1. In an earnest manner; being very sincere; putting forth genuine effort.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion now thanked the Good Witch earnestly for her kindness; and Dorothy exclaimed:

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