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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 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 Cheng, an industrious student studying for a sociology degree, was widely respected on campus for her work promoting social-welfare causes. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 And no one took advantage of that path more than the ever industrious Charles Young. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "How African American Soldiers Shaped the First National Parks," 17 June 2020 Indeed the most industrious blacks—such as Bertina’s son, labouring in harm’s way at Costco—are likeliest to expose themselves and succumb to the virus. The Economist, "Lexington The vulnerability of African Americans to the coronavirus is a national emergency," 28 May 2020 Born and raised in Indianapolis, Hendrickson Thompson will be remembered by those who loved her as a compassionate, industrious woman and devoted mother. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Connie Hendrickson Thompson, a loving mother lost to COVID-19, made famous peach cobbler," 12 May 2020 As a result, this unusually industrious clan of communitarian dramaturges made their high-falutin’ dreams happen. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Spaceship Earth and the Value of Utopian Thinking," 12 May 2020 Feral cats often wandered into the refuge, lured by the industrious activities of the woodrats. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 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 11 Jul. 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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industriously adverb

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