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

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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 The 56-year-old owner and manager certainly was industrious and his operation appeared lucrative. oregonlive, "‘It looked like a bomb went off.’ Portland man accused of ransacking businesses to steal heaps of metal," 27 Apr. 2021 The image of the brown person keeping their head down, being industrious and productive, and not making a fuss is the image of the good colonial subject. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, "Screw the ‘Model Minority’ Myth: Why It’s Time for Asians to Fight Back," 23 Apr. 2021 But the young and industrious newcomers yearning to stabilize their lives and secure their survival are actually critical to our nation's survival, too. Justin Gest, CNN, "What America would look like with zero immigration," 19 Apr. 2021 As the forty-niners faced food shortages, several industrious miners looked to the Farallon Islands for an answer. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Happy birthday, S.F.! On 4/15, Here are some facts you might not know about the city," 15 Apr. 2021 Then, when it could not be easily wiped off, my industrious husband took the abrasive side of a sponge to it, leaving scratches that looked like a bear had dragged its claws across the surface. Washington Post, "Our homes have taken a beating over the past year. Here’s how to undo the damage.," 25 Mar. 2021 School teachers and administrators universally held that their Japanese students were among the best-behaved and most industrious in their classrooms. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The roots of anti-Asian violence can be found in California history," 22 Mar. 2021 The rise of Delta 8 is a case study in how industrious cannabis entrepreneurs are pulling apart hemp and marijuana to create myriad new product lines with different marketing angles. New York Times, "This Drug Gets You High, and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country," 27 Feb. 2021 Attach thousands of tiny notes to an extremely industrious carrier pigeon? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker Make Their Relationship Instagram Official," 17 Feb. 2021

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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industriously adverb

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