diligent

[ dil-i-juhnt ]
/ ˈdɪl ɪ dʒənt /

adjective

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.

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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

synonym study for diligent

1. See busy.

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British Dictionary definitions for diligent

diligent
/ (ˈdɪlɪdʒənt) /

adjective

careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
carried out with care and perseverancediligent work

Derived forms of diligent

diligently, adverb

Word Origin for diligent

C14: from Old French, from Latin dīligere to value, from dis- apart + legere to read
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