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Definition of industrious

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

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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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Hong Kong seemed a booming city filled with apolitical, industrious and energetic Chinese focused on making money . Jonathan Kaufman,, "Are Hong Kong protests a preview of China’s uncertain future?," 6 Sep. 2019 Garcia said Ketterer had a great relationship with students, would adjust her schedule to assist students and co-workers, and was an industrious teacher who had a gift for finding positives in situations that others would find impossible. Ramona Sentinel, "School district honors three retirees," 4 Sep. 2019 Liverpool's midfield had been seen as a little one-dimensional before Keita joined, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum all viewed as industrious, yet lacking a little creativity., "6 Players That Will Be Like New Signings for Liverpool Next Season," 8 July 2019 Elsinore is an adventure game that places you in the shoes of this industrious, careful, heroic Ophelia. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Elsinore Smartly Reimagines Hamlet with Ophelia as the Hero," 8 Aug. 2019 For a vast swath of the American public, Mr. Iacocca was the face, the voice and the symbol of the car business in Detroit at its most resourceful and industrious. Bart Barnes, Washington Post, "Auto industry icon Lee Iacocca dies at 94. He helped launch the Ford Mustang and saved Chrysler from bankruptcy.," 2 July 2019 Woodpeckers The nesting cavities drilled into trees or even utility poles by this industrious bird are used as shelter by many other birds and mammals who can’t do the work themselves. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "These animals make homes for other species," 25 June 2019 For a vast swath of the American public, Iacocca was the face, the voice and the symbol of the car business in Detroit at its most resourceful and industrious. Bart Barnes, The Denver Post, "Lee Iacocca, who rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, dies at 94," 2 July 2019 In recent years local kingpins have been putting the industrious locals to new work: felling the hills’ forests to get at the coal, limestone, China clay and even gold underneath. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of industrious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of industrious was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of industrious

: working very hard : not lazy


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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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