1. [syn: diligent, persevering]
2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks;
- Example: "a diligent detective investigates all clues"
- Example: "a diligent search of the files"
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Diligent \Dil"i*gent\, a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, -entis, p.
pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly, prefer; di- =
dis- + legere to choose. See Legend.]
1. Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful;
painstaking; not careless or negligent.
The judges shall make diligent inquisition. --Deut.
2. Interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and
earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous;
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall
stand before kings. --Prov. xxii.
Diligent cultivation of elegant literature.
Syn: Active; assiduous; sedulous; laborious; persevering;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or
exactness; "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with
persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing
business" [syn: diligent, persevering]
2: characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks;
"a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent
search of the files" [ant: negligent]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
129 Moby Thesaurus words for "diligent":
academic, advertent, agog, alert, all ears, all eyes, ardent,
assiduous, attentive, aware, bookish, careful, concentrated,
conscientious, conscious, constant, continuing, devoted to studies,
dogged, donnish, dryasdust, earnest, elaborate, enduring,
energetic, faithful, fervent, finical, finicking, finicky, hard,
hard-working, hardworking, heedful, immutable, inalterable,
indefatigable, indomitable, industrious, insistent, intense,
intent, intentive, invincible, laborious, lasting, loyal, mandarin,
meticulous, mindful, never idle, never-tiring, nice, niggling,
observant, observing, obstinate, on the ball, on the job,
open-eared, open-eyed, openmouthed, operose, owlish, painstaking,
patient, patient as Job, pedantic, permanent, perseverant,
persevering, persistent, persisting, pertinacious, plodding,
plugging, preoccupied, professorial, punctilious, rabbinic, rapt,
regardful, relentless, resolute, scholarly, scholastic, scrupulous,
sedulous, single-minded, sleepless, slogging, stable, steadfast,
steady, strenuous, stubborn, studious, tenacious, thorough,
thoroughgoing, tireless, unabating, unconquerable, undaunted,
undiscouraged, undrooping, unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging,
unflinching, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unrelaxing,
unrelenting, unremitting, unsleeping, unsparing, unswerving,
untiring, unwavering, unwearied, unwearying, unwinking,
utterly attentive, vehement, watchful, weariless, zealous