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1. Energetic in application to work or study. See Synonyms at diligent.
2. Obsolete Skillful; clever.

in·dus′tri·ous·ly adv.
in·dus′tri·ous·ness n.


1. hard-working, diligent, or assiduous
2. an obsolete word for skilful
inˈdustriously adv
inˈdustriousness n


(ɪnˈdʌs tri əs)

1. working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
2. Obs. skillful.
[1525–35; < Latin industrius]
in•dus′tri•ous•ly, adv.
in•dus′tri•ous•ness, n.


1. 'industrious'

An industrious person works very hard.

He was industrious and always trying to improve himself.
Michael was an intelligent, industrious man.
2. 'industrial'

Don't use 'industrious' to describe things related to making goods in factories. Use industrial.

They have increased their industrial production in recent years.
The company is located in an industrial zone to the east of the city.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.industrious - characterized by hard work and perseveranceindustrious - characterized by hard work and perseverance
diligent - characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; "a diligent detective investigates all clues"; "a diligent search of the files"
2.industrious - working hard to promote an enterprise
enterprising - marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects; "an enterprising foreign policy"; "an enterprising young man likely to go far"



Characterized by steady attention and effort:
مُجْتَهِد، كَدود، جاد
iîinn, vinnusamur


[ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs] ADJ (= hardworking) → trabajador, laborioso; (= studious) → aplicado, diligente


[ɪnˈdʌstriəs] adj [person] → travailleur/euse


adj, industriously


[ɪnˈdʌstrɪəs] adjdiligente


(ˈindəstri) plural ˈindustries noun
1. (any part of) the business of producing or making goods. the ship-building industry; The government should invest more money in industry.
2. hard work or effort. He owed his success to both ability and industry.
inˈdustrial (-ˈdas) adjective
having, concerning etc industries or the making of goods. That area of the country is industrial rather than agricultural.
inˈdustrialist (-ˈdas-) noun
a person who takes part in the running of a large industrial organization. a wealthy industrialist.
inˈdustrialized, inˈdustrialised (-ˈdas) adjective
(of a country) having a large number of industries.
inˌdustrialiˈzation, inˌdustrialiˈsation noun
inˈdustrious (-ˈdas-) adjective
busy and hard-working. industrious pupils.
industrial estate
an area of a town etc set aside for (the building of) factories.
industrial relations
the relationship between the management and the workers in a factory etc.
References in classic literature ?
I'm proud to shake this good, industrious little hand, and hope I shall not soon be asked to give it away.
His lurking Indians were suddenly converted into four-footed beasts; his lake into a beaver pond; his cataract into a dam, constructed by those industrious and ingenious quadrupeds; and a suspected enemy into his tried friend, David Gamut, the master of psalmody.
the wood was green as mosses of the icy Glen; the trees stood high and haughty, feeling their living sap; the industrious earth beneath was as a weaver's loom, with a gorgeous carpet on it, whereof the ground-vine tendrils formed the warp and woof, and the living flowers the figures.
One lecture follows right on the heels of another, with very little time for the student to get out of one hall and into the next; but the industrious ones manage it by going on a trot.
It was just an ordinary family; two or three of the children were handsome and the rest plain, three of them rather clever, two industrious, and two commonplace and dull.
The staid, sober, thinking and industrious ones of our number would employ themselves in making corn-brooms, mats, horse-collars, and baskets; and another class of us would spend the time in hunting opossums, hares, and coons.
Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices: poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.
Vanstone accepted them as proofs of the steady development of industrious principles in the writer.
A woman of orderly and industrious appearance rose from her knees in a corner, with sufficient haste and trepidation to show that she was the person referred to.
The three young women, who appeared to be very industrious and comfortable, raised their heads to look at me, and then went on with their work.
I can be well recommended by all the neighbours, and I hope I can be industrious and patient, and teach myself while I teach others.
Aaron was not indisposed to display his talents, even to an ogre, under protecting circumstances; and after a few more signs of coyness, consisting chiefly in rubbing the backs of his hands over his eyes, and then peeping between them at Master Marner, to see if he looked anxious for the "carril", he at length allowed his head to be duly adjusted, and standing behind the table, which let him appear above it only as far as his broad frill, so that he looked like a cherubic head untroubled with a body, he began with a clear chirp, and in a melody that had the rhythm of an industrious hammer

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