earnest: Meaning and Definition of

ear•nest

Pronunciation: (r'nist), [key]
? adj.
  1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker.
  2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty.
  3. seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention.
?n.
  1. full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to speak in earnest.

ear•nest

Pronunciation: (r'nist), [key]
? n.
  1. a portion of something, given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.
  2. See
  3. anything that gives pledge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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