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[dil-i-juh nt] /ˈdɪl ɪ dʒənt/
constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything:
a diligent student.
done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking:
a diligent search of the files.
Origin of diligent
1300-50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīligent- (stem of dīligēns), present participle of dīligere to choose, like, equivalent to dī- di-2 + -ligere (combining form of legere to choose, read); see -ent
Related forms
diligently, adverb
diligentness, noun
nondiligent, adjective
nondiligently, adverb
overdiligent, adjective
overdiligently, adverb
overdiligentness, noun
prediligent, adjective
prediligently, adverb
undiligent, adjective
undiligently, adverb
1. industrious, assiduous, sedulous. See busy. 2. indefatigable, untiring, tireless, unremitting. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diligently
  • Fine advocates diligently and continuously studying its dynamics from the standpoints of organization, technology and capability.
  • Four teams of programmers are diligently coding four original titles.
  • They will see how earnestly and diligently he scours the world for information.
  • We are diligently working along with the manufacturer to correct this problem, and expect to have the issue resolved very soon.
  • Stop slacking and work a little more diligently.
  • It aimed so diligently at the lowest common denominator of society that it never squarely hit any level at all.
  • Diane diligently took notes.
  • She is in great shape and she trains diligently.
  • Determined to join in on her village's annual bear hunt, she trains diligently with her bow and arrow and builds up her strength.
  • When carefully applied and diligently enforced, they can work.
British Dictionary definitions for diligently


careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
carried out with care and perseverance: diligent work
Derived Forms
diligently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīligere to value, from dis- apart + legere to read
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Word Origin and History for diligently



mid-14c., from Old French diligent (14c.), from Latin diligentem "attentive, assiduous" (see diligence). Related: Diligently.

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