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
Recent Examples on the Web While the occasional prodigious use of their sting riles many, the principal reason that wasps came to be viewed as the unlovable relatives of their industrious counterparts, the bees, was the notion that wasps lack a purpose. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Since moving east, Vajdich has checked lots of the boxes that can help guide the most industrious Young Future Stars of Washington into places of influence. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 As the son of industrious Russian-Jewish immigrants, Alex Feldman was exposed to entrepreneurship at an early age. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 8 July 2022 Skovoroda’s grave, a collection of sculptures, a pond full of industrious beavers and chatty frogs, and, best of all, a statue of the philosopher himself that was propelled out of the museum by the blast and now stands unscathed in front of it. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2022 Crushed but industrious, Antoinette books the trip and a donkey, seemingly without ever having hiked before, certainly not with a donkey. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 Will some industrious self-starters head out to the community college and attend night or weekend classes to be up on the latest software programs or marketing trends? Clarissa Windham-bradstock, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Their defenders argued that commoners were in fact industrious and self-sufficient. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022 In the collaged screenprint, grimly industrious pale-skinned men in masks apparently run the show, even seeming to process unmasked people through a machine. Cate Mcquaid,, 7 June 2022 See More

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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 19 Aug. 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

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