What does earnest mean?

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  1. Gravity; serious purpose; earnestness.
  2. Seriousness; reality; actuality (as opposed to joking or pretence)
  1. (transitive) To be serious with; use in earnest.
  1. Serious in speech or action; eager; urgent; importunate; pressing; instant.
  2. (with a positive sense) Focused in the pursuit of an objective; eager to obtain or do.
  3. Intent; fixed closely.
  4. Possessing or characterised by seriousness; strongly bent; intent.
  5. Strenuous; diligent.
  6. Serious; weighty; of a serious, weighty, or important nature; not trifling or feigned; important.
  1. A sum of money paid in advance as a deposit; hence, a pledge, a guarantee, an indication of something to come.
  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of earn
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