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Definition 1: something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract - [noun denoting possession]

(earnest is a kind of ...) property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation

"bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"

(... is a kind of earnest ) money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract

Definition 2: not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for earnest in the sense of this definition

(earnest is similar to ...) serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal

Definition 3: characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where earnest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate
  • an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant
  • a film with a solemn social message

Synonyms for earnest in the sense of this definition

(earnest is similar to ...) concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

"a serious student of history" "a serious attempt to learn to ski" "gave me a serious look" "a serious young man" "are you serious or joking?" "Don't be so serious!"

Definition 4: sincerely earnest - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where earnest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • one's dearest wish
  • devout wishes for their success
  • heartfelt condolences

Synonyms for earnest in the sense of this definition

(earnest is similar to ...) open and genuine; not deceitful

"he was a good man, decent and sincere" "felt sincere regret that they were leaving" "sincere friendship"

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