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diligent

[ dil-i-juhnt ]
/ ˈdɪl ɪ dʒənt /
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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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dilettante, dilettantism, dilf, dili, diligence, diligent, diligently, dill, dill pickle, dillard, dilli

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
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Synonym study

1. See busy.
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diligent

/ (ˈdɪlɪdʒənt) /

adjective

careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties
carried out with care and perseverancediligent work
Derived Formsdiligently, adverb

Word Origin for diligent

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

diligent


adj.

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

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