in·​dus·​tri·​ous | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əs How to pronounce industrious (audio) \

Definition of industrious

1 : constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied : diligent an industrious worker
2 obsolete : skillful, ingenious

Other Words from industrious

industriously adverb
industriousness noun

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busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous mean actively engaged or occupied. busy chiefly stresses activity as opposed to idleness or leisure. too busy to spend time with the children industrious implies characteristic or habitual devotion to work. industrious employees diligent suggests earnest application to some specific object or pursuit. very diligent in her pursuit of a degree assiduous stresses careful and unremitting application. assiduous practice sedulous implies painstaking and persevering application. a sedulous investigation of the murder

Examples of industrious in a Sentence

He is an industrious worker. an industrious worker who never seems to sleep
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First Known Use of industrious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Industrious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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in·​dus·​tri·​ous | \ in-ˈdə-strē-əs How to pronounce industrious (audio) \

Kids Definition of industrious

: working hard and steadily industrious students

Other Words from industrious

industriously adverb

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