Definition of diligent in English:



  • Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties:

    ‘after diligent searching, he found a parcel’
    • ‘So, much as I relish the phrase, I don't think I really qualify as a particularly diligent diarist.’
    • ‘With careful planning and diligent payments, even the worst rating can achieve absolution.’
    • ‘I'm looking forward to a period of time when I can be a little more diligent in that area.’
    • ‘Praise must go to all students for their hard work and diligent exam preparation.’
    • ‘On behalf of the Minister I want to thank members of the committees for their diligent work on this bill.’
    • ‘It will take time but diligent work and attention to detail will produce results over the next few years.’
    • ‘My eldest daughter is extremely diligent and settles down to her homework the minute we get home, but the little one is not so studious.’
    • ‘During general business, ethical investors were diligent in their questioning.’
    • ‘I have had the pleasure of working with the most helpful, diligent, hardworking people.’
    • ‘Acting is a craft, you have to be diligent and hard-working and learn your craft, but it's also about talent.’
    • ‘He is prone to injury, not particularly fast, and his defence is less than diligent.’
    • ‘Examinations are an important part of the education system and must be done in a diligent and thorough manner.’
    • ‘She is a diligent and committed officer, who goes far beyond the call of duty as treasurer.’
    • ‘It had taken its eye off the situation and its conduct was not as diligent and zealous as it should have been.’
    • ‘So you'll have to be quite diligent when searching for a key, or certain item that you need to proceed.’
    • ‘These were quiet, diligent players, respected as much by their colleagues for their humility as their ability.’
    • ‘The more important the document, the more diligent must be the search.’
    • ‘This not only lets buyers see what has been done to the car and when, but it will also reassure them that you have been a diligent, careful owner.’
    • ‘The late Matt was a diligent and industrious farmer and is the last of his family.’
    • ‘I wish we could always be this diligent and active when it comes to what our governments are doing.’
    industrious, hard-working, assiduous
    conscientious, particular, punctilious, meticulous, painstaking, rigorous, exacting, careful, thorough, sedulous, attentive, heedful, intent, earnest, studious
    constant, persevering, persistent, tenacious, pertinacious, zealous, dedicated, committed, driven, active, busy
    unflagging, untiring, tireless, indefatigable, dogged, plodding, slogging
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin diligens, diligent- assiduous, from diligere love, take delight in.