3 meaning what you say or do, and not making a joke
I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you were being serious.
The police have made no serious attempt to address these issues.
serious about: I’m not convinced they’re serious about the deal.
serious about (doing) something: Do you think Mike’s serious about going to live in New Zealand?
deadly/dead (=completely) serious: ‘Are you serious about leaving your job?’ ‘Dead serious.’
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