on a serious note meaning, on a serious note definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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serious  

1       adj   Serious problems or situations are very bad and cause people to be worried or afraid.  
Crime is an increasingly serious problem in Russian society..., The government still face very serious difficulties..., Doctors said his condition was serious but stable.     
  seriously      adv   ADV adj/adv, ADV with v  
If this ban was to come in it would seriously damage my business..., They are not thought to be seriously hurt.     
  seriousness      n-uncount   oft N of n  
...the seriousness of the crisis.     
2       adj   Serious matters are important and deserve careful and thoughtful consideration.  
I regard this as a serious matter..., Don't laugh boy. This is serious.     
3       adj   When important matters are dealt with in a serious way, they are given careful and thoughtful consideration.  
usu ADJ n  
My parents never really faced up to my drug use in any serious way..., It was a question which deserved serious consideration.     
  seriously      adv   ADV with v  
The management will have to think seriously about their positions.     
4       adj   Serious music or literature requires concentration to understand or appreciate it.  
ADJ n  
There is no point reviewing a blockbuster as you might review a serious novel.     
5       adj   If someone is seriousabout something, they are sincere about what they are saying, doing, or intending to do.  
oft ADJ about n  
You really are serious about this, aren't you?..., I hope you're not serious.     
  seriously      adv   ADV adj/adv, ADV with v  
Are you seriously jealous of Erica?     
  seriousness      n-uncount   oft N of n  
In all seriousness, there is nothing else I can do...     
6       adj   Serious people are thoughtful and quiet, and do not laugh very often.  
He's quite a serious person...     
  seriously      adv   ADV with v  
They spoke to me very seriously but politely.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
to become more serious
exp.
get seriously involved in a relationship
n.
Serious Specific neurologic sate
exp.
finalize smth. successfully / in a positive manner
E.g.: The negotiations were tough, but they ended on a high note
exp.
share ideas based on a similar experience
[Fig.] E.g.: They were both going through a divorce, so they met to compare notes.

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