painstaking

  • 1 Painstaking — Pains tak ing (p[=a]nz t[=a]k [i^]ng), a. Careful in doing; diligent; faithful; attentive. Painstaking men. Harris. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Painstaking — Pains tak ing, n. The act of taking pains; carefulness and fidelity in performance. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 painstaking — I adjective assiduous, attentive, careful, conscientious, diligent, earnest, elaborate, energetic, exacting, hardworking, heedful, industrious, labored, laborious, meticulous, never tiring, operose, operosus, particular, persevering, plodding,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 painstaking — (adj.) 1550s, paynes taking; see PAIN (Cf. pain) (n.) + TAKE (Cf. take) (v.). Related: Painstakingly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 painstaking — [adj] meticulous, thorough assiduous, by the book*, by the numbers*, careful, conscientious, conscionable, diligent, earnest, exact, exacting, finicky, fussbudget*, fussy, hard working, heedful, industrious, particular, persevering, persnickety* …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 painstaking — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very careful and thorough. DERIVATIVES painstakingly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 painstaking — [pānz′tāk΄iŋ] n. the act of taking pains; great care or diligence adj. 1. taking pains; very careful; diligent 2. characterized by great care painstakingly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 painstaking — painstakingly, adv. painstakingness, n. /paynz tay king, payn stay /, adj. 1. taking or characterized by taking pains or trouble; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research. n. 2. careful …

    Universalium

  • 9 painstaking — pains•tak•ing [[t]ˈpeɪnzˌteɪ kɪŋ, ˈpeɪnˌsteɪ [/t]] adj. 1) taking or characterized by taking pains; expending or showing diligent care and effort; careful: a painstaking craftsman; painstaking research[/ex] 2) careful and diligent effort •… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 10 painstaking — pains|tak|ing [ˈpeınzˌteıkıŋ] adj [usually before noun] very careful and thorough ▪ The work had been done with painstaking attention to detail. ▪ Chris described in painstaking detail what had happened. >painstakingly adv ▪ The old painting… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 painstaking — [[t]pe͟ɪnsteɪkɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED; usu ADJ n A painstaking search, examination, or investigation is done extremely carefully and thoroughly. Forensic experts carried out a painstaking search of the debris. Syn: careful, thorough Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 painstaking — adj. Painstaking is used with these nouns: ↑care, ↑detail, ↑effort, ↑process, ↑research, ↑search, ↑work …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 painstaking — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. careful, particular, meticulous, scrupulous; diligent. See exertion, care. Ant., careless, sloppy. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. scrupulous, exacting, meticulous; see careful . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 painstaking — adjective very careful and thorough: fourteen months of painstaking investigation painstakingly adjective …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 painstaking — adjective painting these window frames is painstaking work Syn: careful, meticulous, thorough, assiduous, sedulous, attentive, diligent, industrious, conscientious, punctilious, scrupulous, rigorous, particular; pedantic, fussy Ant: slapdash …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 painstaking — /ˈpeɪnzteɪkɪŋ / (say paynztayking) adjective 1. assiduously careful: painstaking work. –noun 2. careful and assiduous effort. –painstakingly, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 painstaking — I. noun Date: 1538 the action of taking pains ; diligent care and effort II. adjective Date: 1696 taking pains ; expending, showing, or involving diligent care and effort • painstakingly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 painstaking — 1. adjective Carefully attentive to details; diligent in performing a process or procedure. 2. noun The application of careful and attentive effort …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 painstaking — Synonyms and related words: assiduity, assiduous, assiduousness, conscientious, conscionable, diligence, diligent, elaborate, exact, fussy, heedful, industrious, industriousness, industry, meticulous, operose, pains, painstakingness, punctilious …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 painstaking — pains|tak|ing [ peınz,teıkıŋ ] adjective done or doing something very carefully and slowly …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English