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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diligent mean? 

DILIGENT (adjective)
  The adjective DILIGENT has 2 senses:

1. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

  Familiarity information: DILIGENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DILIGENT (adjective)

Sense 1diligent [BACK TO TOP]


Quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness


diligent; persevering

Context examples:

a diligent (or patient) worker / with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business


patient (enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance)

Sense 2diligent [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

Context examples:

a diligent detective investigates all clues / a diligent search of the files


assiduous; sedulous (marked by care and persistent effort)

hardworking; industrious; tireless; untiring (characterized by hard work and perseverance)


busy (actively or fully engaged or occupied)

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)

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