The definition of diligent is hard working and done with painstaking effort.adjective
- An example of diligent is a worker who always stays late to get projects done on deadline.
- An example of diligent is the artist who paints each strand of hair on a portrait.
- persevering and careful in work; industrious
- done with careful, steady effort; painstaking
Origin: ME < OFr < L diligens: see diligence
- diligently adverb
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dīligēns, dīligent-, present participle of dīligere, to esteem, love : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- dilˈi·gent·ly adverb