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Meaning of DILIGENT

Pronunciation:  'dilijunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"
  2. [adj]  quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; "a diligent (or patient) worker"; "with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business"

DILIGENT is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: assiduous, hardworking, industrious, patient, persevering, sedulous, tireless, untiring
 Antonyms: negligent
 See Also: busy, careful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.
                                               xix. 18.

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;
     attentive; industrious.

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