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ˈdɪl ɪ dʒəntdili·gent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diligent, perseveringadjective

    quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

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

  2. diligentadjective

    characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

    "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"


  1. diligentadjective

    Performing with intense concentration, focus, responsible regard.

  2. Etymology: From diligent, from diligent, from diligens, present participle of diligere, from di-, dis- + legere; see elect and select.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DILIGENTadjective

    Etymology: diligens, Latin.

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings. Prov. xxii. 29.

    And the judges shall make diligent inquisition. Deutr xix.


  1. diligent

    Diligence—carefulness and persistent effort or work—is one of the seven heavenly virtues. It is indicative of a work ethic, the belief that work is good in itself.


  1. diligent

    Diligent refers to showing careful and consistent effort or work. A diligent person is characterized by perseverance, meticulousness, attentiveness, hardworking nature and a strong sense of responsibility. This word is often used in reference to tasks or jobs that require concentration, focus and persistence over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diligentadjective

    prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful; painstaking; not careless or negligent

  2. Diligentadjective

    interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous; industrious


  1. Diligent

    Constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diligent

    dil′i-jent, adj. steady and earnest in application: industrious.—n. Dil′igence, steady application: industry: (Scots law) a warrant to produce witnesses, books, &c., or a process by which persons or goods are attached: a French or continental stage-coach (also pronounced dē-lē-zhongs)—also Dill′y.—adv. Dil′igently. [Fr.,—diligens, -entis, pr.p. of L. diligĕre, to choose.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diligent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diligent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of diligent in a Sentence

  1. Birmingham Police Department:

    Due to their diligent work a person of interest has been taken into custody. Charges are pending a review of the case by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Because the charges are pending we will not be releasing any information on the individual in custody.

  2. Bill McDermott:

    We haven't made a decision on quantity, or whether it's zero, or it's something in a range, because we haven't even presented yet, we are taking a very diligent look at it.

  3. Justin Beck:

    The FDA has been diligent in avoiding political pressure by maintaining a balance of speed to market and obtaining data sufficient to provide emergency use authorization, while we cant yet confirm the long-term efficacy or safety of COVID-19 vaccines, there is enough data to confirm at least three are safe and effective.

  4. Peter Smithhisler:

    It's about the constant re-education of our membership, and we have to be diligent in addressing our community members, sharing with them our expectations, teaching them about our values and acceptable behaviors and holding individuals accountable when they stray from that.

  5. Bob Vanasse:

    We spent three years working with the Trump administration to reverse President Obama's ban on commercial fishing in that area, and they did a very diligent job of looking at science before they agreed to remove the ban and allow our fishermen in that area.

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    A sapling
    B ventricle
    C defilement
    D subrogation

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