Definition of diligent in English:


Line breaks: dili|gent
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)nt


Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties: after diligent searching, he found a parcel
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  • With careful planning and diligent payments, even the worst rating can achieve absolution.
  • Examinations are an important part of the education system and must be done in a diligent and thorough manner.
  • This not only lets buyers see what has been done to the car and when, but it will also reassure them that you have been a diligent, careful owner.
conscientious, particular, punctilious, meticulous, painstaking, rigorous, exacting, careful, thorough, sedulous, attentive, heedful, intent, earnest, studious;
constant, persevering, persistent, tenacious, pertinacious, zealous, dedicated, committed, driven, active, busy;
unflagging, untiring, tireless, indefatigable, dogged, plodding, slogging
archaic laborious


Middle English: via Old French from Latin diligens, diligent- 'assiduous', from diligere 'love, take delight in'.



More example sentences
  • A climber may work diligently and focus intensely for hours on end trying to reach the summit.
  • How could they do their job conscientiously and diligently if they thought otherwise?
  • He diligently came to every student-run event and listened earnestly to our concerns.

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