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pains·tak·ing

 (pānz′tā′kĭng, pān′stā′kĭng)
adj.
1. Acting with, showing, or involving great care and attention. See Synonyms at meticulous.
2. Usage Problem Attended by difficulties; arduous.

pains′tak′ing·ly adv.
Usage Note: Painstaking is a compound of pains and taking, though it often sounds as if it were made from pain and staking. A painstaking effort is one in which someone takes pains to do something right. The word is sometimes used to mean "arduous" or "difficult," almost as if it meant "painful," but this usage is widely considered to be a mistake. In our 2008 survey, 74 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence Traveling by bus through such a huge country was a painstaking ordeal.

painstaking

(ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ)
adj
extremely careful, esp as to fine detail: painstaking research.
ˈpainsˌtakingly adv
ˈpainsˌtakingness n

pains•tak•ing

(ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ-)

adj.
1. taking or characterized by taking pains; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research.
n.
2. careful and diligent effort.
[1550–60]
pains′tak`ing•ly, adv.
pains′tak`ing•ness, n.
syn: painstaking, meticulous, conscientious mean extremely careful or precise about details. painstaking stresses laborious effort and diligent attention to detail in achieving a desired objective: the painstaking editing of a manuscript. meticulous suggests a more extreme attention to minute details: to be meticulous about matching shoes and clothing. conscientious stresses scrupulous effort to obey one's sense of moral obligation to perform tasks well: a conscientious description of the facts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.painstaking - characterized by extreme care and great effort; "conscientious application to the work at hand"; "painstaking research"; "scrupulous attention to details"
careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"

painstaking

painstaking

adjective
Showing or marked by attentiveness to all aspects or details:
noun
Translations
مُجِدّ، مُجْتَهِد
snaživý
omhyggelig
vandvirkur; vandvirknislegur
snaživý
skrben

painstaking

[ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ] ADJ [task, research etc] → esmerado, concienzudo; [person] → meticuloso, esmerado

painstaking

[ˈpeɪnzteɪkɪŋ] adj
[person] → minutieux/euse
[work] → minutieux/euse; [search] → minutieux/euse; [care] → minutieux/euse; [efforts] → minutieux/euse

painstaking

adj person, piece of worksorgfältig; with painstaking accuracymit peinlicher Genauigkeit

painstaking

[ˈpeɪnzˌteɪkɪŋ] adj (person) → coscienzioso/a, diligente; (work) → accurato/a; (accuracy) → minuzioso/a

pain

(pein) noun
hurt or suffering of the body or mind. a pain in the chest.
verb
to cause suffering or upset to (someone). It pained her to admit that she was wrong.
pained adjective
showing or expressing pain. a pained expression.
ˈpainful adjective
causing pain. a painful injury.
ˈpainfully adverb
ˈpainless adjective
without pain. painless childbirth.
ˈpainlessly adverb
ˈpainkiller noun
a drug etc which lessens or removes pain.
ˈpainstaking (ˈpeinz-) adjective
going to great trouble and taking great care. a painstaking student.
a pain in the neck
a person who is constantly annoying. People who are always complaining are a pain in the neck.
take pains
to take great trouble and care (to do something). He took great pains to make sure we enjoyed ourselves.
References in classic literature ?
I had a great desire to rack the executioner; not because he was a good, painstaking and paingiving official, -- for surely it was not to his discredit that he performed his functions well -- but to pay him back for wantonly cuffing and otherwise dis- tressing that young woman.
With the most painstaking care and nicety, I stood the umbrella up once more, took my hand away, and down it came again.
Rebecca sat down carefully, smoothing her dress under her with painstaking precision, and putting her sunshade under its extended folds between the driver and herself.
I speak in this way, Sancho, to show you that I can shower down proverbs just as well as yourself; and in short, I mean to say, and I do say, that if you don't like to come on reward with me, and run the same chance that I run, God be with you and make a saint of you; for I shall find plenty of squires more obedient and painstaking, and not so thickheaded or talkative as you are.
Monsieur de Valois considered that such an occasion demanded a painstaking toilet; he therefore took a bath and groomed himself with extraordinary care.
Dismounting, I laid Powell upon the ground, but the most painstaking examination failed to reveal the faintest spark of life.
Even to the shoes he searched with painstaking care, and when the last article had been removed and scrutinized he dropped back upon the bed with dilated eyes that saw nothing in the present-- only a grim tableau of the future in which two forms swung silently from the limb of a great tree.
He had not proceeded far when he came to a beaver pond, and caught a glimpse of one of its painstaking inhabitants busily at work upon the dam.
Yet such men as he are reared here and there in every generation of our peasant artisans--with an inheritance of affections nurtured by a simple family life of common need and common industry, and an inheritance of faculties trained in skilful courageous labour: they make their way upwards, rarely as geniuses, most commonly as painstaking honest men, with the skill and conscience to do well the tasks that lie before them.
All sports and occupations were suspended, excepting that in the lodges the painstaking squaws were silently busied in preparing the repasts for the warriors.
We want more painstaking and search-making into this murder.
The preferment seemed to him in the nature of a well-merited reward for painstaking and intelligent service, and as a stepping stone to posts of greater importance and responsibility; but, on the other hand, he had been married to the Hon.