Definition of industrious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs/


Diligent and hard-working: an industrious people striving to make their country prosperous
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  • He struck me as being particularly hardworking, energetic and industrious.
  • A very hard working and industrious farmer, he was an excellent family man and a member of an old and respected family.
  • A member of a respected family she was a hard working industrious lady.
hard-working, diligent, assiduous, sedulous, conscientious, steady, painstaking, persistent, persevering, pertinacious, unflagging, untiring, tireless, indefatigable, studious;
busy, busy as a bee, active, bustling, energetic, on the go, vigorous, determined, dynamic, driven, zealous, productive;
with one's shoulder to the wheel, with one's nose to the grindstone
archaic laborious



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌstrɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • They spent hours copying things out of books and don't know how to learn industriously on their own.
  • But seriously, let us highlight the efforts of those who industriously earn the moolah, which buys them that great pair of shoes that they absolutely must-have.
  • With both defences working industriously they succeeded in minimising scoring chances during the first half exchanges.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌstrɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • This image of industriousness - echoed in various forms on walls throughout the village - also underscores indigenous agency.
  • No special point this evening, other than I'm thinking that the way to creative industriousness in my leisure hours may well be through being leisurely more generally.
  • They greatly impress me with their intellectual and behavior-analytic skills and their consistent industriousness.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'skilful, clever, ingenious'): from French industrieux or late Latin industriosus, from Latin industria 'diligence'.

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