hard·​work·​ing | \ˈhärd-ˈwər-kiŋ \

Definition of hardworking 

: industrious, diligent a hardworking young woman

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Her boyfriend is a good, hardworking kid who is a commercial fisherman in our tiny Alaska town. Heather Lende, Woman's Day, "New Beginnings," 6 Jan. 2012 Brazil needs more hardworking teachers and honest school principals, dedicated municipal workers, crusading public-health officials, and incorruptible judges. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Brazil Is Moving Its Embassy to Jerusalem," 5 Nov. 2018 Not so fast Marvin Bagley's hardworking approach could help the Kings. Jon Schultz, sacbee, "A procrastinator's guide to the Sacramento Kings’ 2018 NBA draft," 21 June 2018 The small successes of a hardworking postwoman who fosters her wrecked family’s children, or of a recovering drunk who defies the mini-bar, appear heroic amid the general failure. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 Sitting at a picnic table with her sister and daughter, Anderson remembered her son as a good man who was funny, hardworking and cared for his family more than anything. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's been 2 years since Jay Anderson Jr. was killed by a Wauwatosa police officer. His family continues to grieve.," 23 June 2018 Giuseppe was a hardworking man, an excellent provider and very devoted to his wife and family. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Giuseppe Rossitto," 30 May 2018 The hardworking Kansas City, Missouri, native takes this latest success in stride. Lori Bergamotto, Glamour, "Kate Spade: A Fashion Force, and a 2002 Glamour Woman of the Year," 5 June 2018 Tressel praised Gonzalez as honest and hardworking and worthy of support. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "CLE Chatter: Ed FitzGerald to judge drivers without licenses; county sniffs out case of doggy doo-doo; Martin J. Sweeney's daughter defends her political home with bedroom picture," 8 Mar. 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hardworking

: using a lot of time and energy to do work

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