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industrious

[ in-duhs-tree-uhs ]
/ ɪnˈdʌs tri əs /
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adjective
working energetically and devotedly; hardworking; diligent: an industrious person.
Obsolete. skillful.
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Origin of industrious

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French industrie “cleverness, skill,” from Old French industrie “contrivance, device,” from Latin industrius “diligent, assiduous”; equivalent to indo-, by-form of in- “in” (see in-2 + -struus, noun derivative of struere “to arrange, devise, build”

synonym study for industrious

1. See busy.

OTHER WORDS FROM industrious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH industrious

industrial, industrious
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British Dictionary definitions for industrious

industrious
/ (ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs) /

adjective
hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
an obsolete word for skilful

Derived forms of industrious

industriously, adverbindustriousness, noun
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