giving cause for concernHis condition was serious but stable.
He says the situation in his country is very grave.
The pain is often so bad she wants to scream.
Ten of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.
the worrying trend of anorexia among younger girls
The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
a business with severe cash flow problems
people living in extreme poverty
He survived in spite of suffering grievous injuries.
concerned with important mattersI regard this as a serious matter.
an important economic challenge to the government
the most crucial election campaign in years
There is an urgent need for food and water.
pressing, , , ,
There is a pressing need for more funds.
It is the first drug that seems to have a significant effect on this disease.
far-reaching reforms on human rights
the momentous decision to send in the troops
What changed for him in that fateful year?
Surely such weighty matters merit a higher level of debate?
no laughing matter,
of moment or consequence
requiring concentrationIt was a question which deserved serious consideration.
requiring concentrationa serious novel
He is a cultured man with a wide circle of friends.
They were very intellectual and witty.
a literary masterpiece
Recently her tastes have become more sophisticated.
He was an intellectual, scholarly man.
He presents his own highbrow literary programme.
not cheerfulHe's quite a serious person.
His solemn little face broke into smiles.
She could tell by his grave expression that something terrible had happened.
We are now far more sober and realistic.
She took them to visit her sedate, elderly cousins.
a staid country doctor
He was a straight-faced, humourless character.
She looked suddenly sombre and pensive.
in earnestYou really are serious about this, aren't you?
He accepted her apologies as sincere.
Rupert was an earnest young man.
He was resolved to stay till the end.
There was genuine joy in the room.
I was honest about what I was doing.
a decisive and resolute international leader
I can never tell whether he is in earnest or not.
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in the sense of acute
(of a disease) sudden and severeThe war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
in the sense of bad
severeThe pain is often so bad she wants to scream.
Video: pronunciation of 'serious'
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