I adjective active, adsiduus, aggressive, ardent, assiduous, busily engaged, busy, dedicated, determined, devoted, diligent, eager, earnest, energetic, enthusiastic, hard working, indefatigable, industrius, intent, laborious, never idle, operose, painstaking, persevering, persistent, purposeful, sedulous, sedulus, sleepless, steadfast, steady, studious, tenacious, thorough, tireless, unceasing, undeviating, unfaltering, unflagging, unrelaxing, unremitting, unsleeping, unswerving, untiring, unwavering, unyielding, zealous II index active, diligent, eager, faithful (diligent), meticulous, painstaking, pertinacious, resolute, sedulous, stable, steadfast, zealous

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  • Industrious — In*dus tri*ous, a. [L. industrius, industriosus: cf. F. industrieux. See {Industry}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to industry; characterized by diligence; constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied; busy; assiduous; not slothful or idle; commonly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • industrious — in‧dus‧tri‧ous [ɪnˈdʌstriəs] adjective always working very hard: • Mexico has an industrious labour force and enormous natural resources. industriousness noun [uncountable] : • Hong Kong workers are known for their industriousness. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • industrious — (adj.) characterized by energy, effort, and attention, 1520s (implied in industriously), from M.Fr. industrieux and directly from L.L. industriosus, from L. industria (see INDUSTRY (Cf. industry)). Retains the etymological sense. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • industrious — diligent, *busy, assiduous, sedulous Analogous words: *active, operative, live, dynamic: persevering, persisting or persistent (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): indefatigable, tireless, untiring, unflagging, unwearied Antonyms: slothful,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • industrious — [adj] hardworking active, assiduous, ball of fire*, burning, busy, conscientious, diligent, dynamic, eager, energetic, grind*, in full swing*, intent, involved, jumping, laborious, on the go*, operose, perky*, persevering, persistent, plugging,… …   New thesaurus

  • industrious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ diligent and hard working. DERIVATIVES industriously adverb industriousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • industrious — [in dus′trē əs] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr industrieux < L industriosus < industria: see INDUSTRY] 1. Obs. skillful or clever 2. characterized by earnest, steady effort; hardworking; diligent SYN. BUSY industriously adv. industriousness n …   English World dictionary

  • industrious — [[t]ɪndʌ̱striəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as industrious, you mean they work very hard. She was an industrious and willing worker. Syn: hard working Derived words: industriously ADV GRADED ADV with v Maggie paints industriously all… …   English dictionary

  • industrious — adjective Date: 15th century 1. obsolete skillful, ingenious 2. constantly, regularly, or habitually active or occupied ; diligent < an industrious worker > Synonyms: see busy • industriously adverb • industriousness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • industrious — industriously, adv. industriousness, n. /in dus tree euhs/, adj. 1. working energetically and devotedly; hard working; diligent: an industrious person. 2. Obs. skillful. [1525 35; < L industrius diligent, assiduous, OL indostruus, perh. equiv. to …   Universalium

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