Definitions of earnest

  1. To use in earnest.
  2. Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  3. Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  4. Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.
  5. A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge.
  6. Earnestness.
  7. Seriousness: reality.
  8. Money given in token of a bargain made: a pledge: first- fruits: ( fig.) anything which gives assurance, pledge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.
  9. Seriousness; reality; pledge.
  10. Money paid in advance to bind a bargain; an assurance of something to come.
  11. First- fruits; a pledge or assurance of something more to come; earnest- money.
  12. Money given in hand to assure a bargain; first- fruits; pledge; assurance; in Scot.
  13. not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  14. earnest; " one's dearest wish"; " devout wishes for their success"; " heartfelt condolences"
  15. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; " both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate"; " an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant"; " a film with a solemn social message"
  16. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  17. Serious; important.
  18. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; - used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  19. Serious in speech or action; zealous; eager; ardent; hearty.
  20. Showing strong desire: determined: eager to obtain: intent: sincere.
  21. Determined; eager; intent; sincere.
  22. Zealous; fervent.
  23. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager; urgent; intent; serious; seriously real.
  24. Done with a will; with hearty endeavour to attain the end aimed at; eager to obtain; zealous; sincere; serious.