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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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  • Working out a rough estimate of the mileage you've covered isn't difficult if you're diligent about it.
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  • He stands diligently at train stops, shaking hands.
  • More than a study of interlinked lives, the novel is a diligent, atmospherically detailed slice of social and cultural history.
  • The race is not to the swift, but to the diligent and those with high endurance.
  • Here's an explanation of why his diligent work is no laughing matter.
  • I'll take diligent notes if I experience it again.
  • Scientists are basically honest seekers and diligent pursuers of pure knowledge and truth.
  • Above all things the interest of your whole life depends on your being diligent.
  • Let's all try and be more diligent in the future.
British Dictionary definitions for diligent


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 diligent

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

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