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What does で mean in まじで?

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As far as I know, まじで means 'seriously'.
まじ means serious.
Does で turn a noun or a na-adjective into an adverb?
Jisho.org: Japanese Dictionary doesn't really tell me what で means in まじで.

What could で mean in this case?
 

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「マジで」

マジ=真面目 is already an adjective meaning.serious, truthful, sincere. マジで can be (and often is) shortened to just 「マジ」.
で I don't think serves any grammatical purpose. It's just kind of an orphaned particle.
 

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As far as I know, まじで means 'seriously'.
まじ means serious.
Does で turn a noun or a na-adjective into an adverb?
Jisho.org: Japanese Dictionary doesn't really tell me what で means in まじで.

What could で mean in this case?
で is a particle indicating state/manner (様態) there, as same as ずぶ濡れで歩いた or 二人で帰った, so the definition #3 is the closest in the dictionary you linked.
マジ is indeed from 真面目, but unlike the stem of a na-adjective 真面目, マジ is closer to a noun. The meaning and grammatical function resemble 本気 than 真面目.
e.g.
マジでそんなこと言ってるのか?
真面目にそんなこと言ってるのか?
本気でそんなこと言ってるのか?

○マジな気持ち
○マジの気持ち
○真面目な気持ち
×真面目の気持ち
△本気な気持ち
○本気の気持ち
 

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で is a particle indicating state/manner (様態) there, as same as ずぶ濡れで歩いた or 二人で帰った, so the definition #3 is the closest in the dictionary you linked.
Is there a dictionary that has a more thorough definition of で?
まじで日本語を学びましょう。
 

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Is there a dictionary that has a more thorough definition of で?
まじで日本語を学びましょう。
You might find this useful, as well as the Intermediate and Advanced volumes at some future date. These are well-regarded and the three volumes cross-reference each other.
 
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