how to pronounce earnest


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earnest is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of earnest in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… that started um really in earnest with …”

meanings of earnest


  1. Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; important.
  2. Possessing or characterised by seriousness.
  3. Intent; focused; showing a lot of concentration.
  4. Serious or honest.
  5. Focused in the pursuit of an objective; eager to obtain or do.
  6. Strenuous; diligent.


  1. Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness.
  2. A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come.
  3. Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to joking or pretence).


  1. To be serious with; use in earnest.
  2. Second-person singular simple present form of earn.


  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages, of occasional usage, variant of Ernest.

earnest frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word earnest occurs in english on average 5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics earnest can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that earnest can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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