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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
Recent Examples on the Web He was known as an industrious worker who'd have a smile on his face and a cheerful air about him, Bormann said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Please take care of each other': Friends, colleagues hope Milwaukee police officer's suicide will give others courage to seek or offer help," 15 Sep. 2020 But industrious American teens can still side-load the app, working around domestic restrictions to get software from abroad. Zheping Huang,, "ByteDance Chief Reconsiders TikTok Options After New China Rules," 1 Sep. 2020 But his shoutout was not itself the traditional boasting of Utah’s great natural beauty or industrious workforce, nor even its fealty to family values. Dan Harrie, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Sen. Mike Lee casts Utah’s GOP votes for President Trump," 24 Aug. 2020 Their moral vision was of a community of industrious believers in the good, of proud and hardworking, self-governing individuals, accepting a vocation of service to God and community. Stephen B. Young, Star Tribune, "The 'ism' that founded America wasn't racism, but Calvinism," 21 Aug. 2020 Those were the years that Bad Religion was extremely industrious. Ben Trivett,, "Bad Religion's Greg Graffin on cramming 40 years of punk-rock chaos into one book," 17 Aug. 2020 Behind the industrious façade is a fair degree of political anxiety. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Removing Beethoven’s Wig: A Classical Music Reading List," 29 May 2020 Local officials have accused the U.K. government of being too slow to act in Leicester, an industrious, multicultural city with two universities and factories making shoes, clothes, and potato chips. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "UK city goes into another coronavirus lockdown as Boris Johnson unveils post-pandemic plan," 30 June 2020 From lemonade stands and walking dogs to babysitting and running errands, Hank joins a select group of industrious kids in their preteens and early teens who have found ways to do their part to help support their households. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio youngster starts own lawn service in Northeast Side neighborhood," 22 June 2020

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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 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of industrious

: working very hard : not lazy


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Kids Definition of industrious

: working hard and steadily industrious students

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