English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the skill of trying the best to finish a hard task assigned? While having impediments on the way, without complaining, exploring solutions and putting in practice till the end.

share|improve this question
That's perseverance. – z7sg Ѫ Jan 13 '14 at 13:02
There are multiple multiple options: perseverance, persistence, tenacity, determination. Perseverance is the best suited though. – kmdhrm Jan 13 '14 at 13:13
I don't see it as a skill, I see it as a character. – Damkerng T. Jan 13 '14 at 14:56
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I think you want assiduous. The OED says:

Of persons or agents: Constant in application to the business in hand, persevering, sedulous, unwearyingly diligent.

share|improve this answer

Generally I hear such people referred to as having great focus.

Another term you hear a lot is dogged (typically pronounced almost like it is two words: dog ed). The word dog is sometimes used in English as a verb to describe the act of persistently chasing after someone or something. Dogged can be used as an adjective, and occasionally doggedly as an adverb.

In a more ambivalent sense, sometimes we use the metaphor or simile of a bulldog ("He's a bulldog"). This is an animal that is somewhat famous for refusing to let go of something it has bitten down on, even when you want it to.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.