diligent was our Word of the Day on 12/07/2011. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of diligent in a Sentence
- The American intelligence community's single greatest failing is its lack of good "humint"—human intelligence, the dirty, diligent, shoe-leather penetration of terror networks. —Johanna McGeary, Time, 15 Oct. 2001
- Like any diligent foreign correspondent, he attends the briefings and collects face time with the officials, but he knows it's the citizens (the upstanding as well as the jailers, the whores, the black marketeers and the smugglers) who tell the truth … —Rolling Stone, 19 Sept. 1996
- He was a fourth-year drama student at UCLA and diligent about such valuable actorly exercises as eavesdropping, spying, and telling complicated lies to fellow passengers on airplanes. —Michael Chabon, A Model World and Other Stories, 1991
- In spite of diligent work as editor, hack writer, sea captain, and assorted other trades, he wound up poor. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987
a student who has been unceasingly diligent in pursuit of a degree in mathematics
Recent Examples of diligent from the Web
Gallardo was always diligent about getting his running in during his first stint with the Brewers.
And soon after that, according to Scalabrine, Curry — already a diligent practice guy — started the 100-shot routine.
To many citizens, the bee is also a symbol of diligent teamwork, and has become a popular tattoo in support of Grande and the attack victims.
Lynch wants his team to be more diligent on offense, especially in critical moments.
The family would like to extend their extreme gratitude to Apple Rehabilitation of Rocky Hill for their diligent care and attention to their Mom's special needs.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this package, including our diligent fact-checking team and our conscientious and deliberate sensitivity reader.
Others have been diligent savers but lacked knowledge to manage their money.
American companies in search of cheap, diligent labour attract poor Mexican migrants or erect factories in Mexico.
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Did You Know?
You're more likely to be diligent about something if you love doing it. The etymology of diligent reflects the fact that affection can lead to energetic effort. The word, which entered English in the 14th century by way of Anglo-French, descends from the Latin verb diligere, meaning "to value or esteem highly" or "to love." Of course, you don’t need to care for the task at hand in order to be diligent, but it certainly does help!
Origin and Etymology of diligent
Synonym Discussion of diligent
- too busy to spend time with the children
- industrious employees
- very diligent in her pursuit of a degree
- assiduous practice
- a sedulous investigation of the murder
DILIGENT Defined for Kids
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