Definition of industry in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɪndəstri

noun (plural industries)

  • 1 [mass noun] Economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories: new investment incentives for British industry
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    • The union is now the biggest in the private sector and manufacturing industry.
    • Manufacturing and industry produced a large range of products aimed at many different markets.
    • Costs of smelters scrap metal and other problems are having a major impact on manufacturing industry.
    manufacturing, production, fabrication, construction
  • 1.1 [count noun, with adjective or noun modifier] A particular form or branch of economic or commercial activity: the car industry
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    • The technology industry has a poor track record in attracting female applicants.
    • Keeping up with the Kiwis now is hard work, as the wine industry continues to grow like topsy
    • In the airline industry emotional labour is vital to the success of the product.
  • 1.2 [count noun, with adjective or noun modifier] informal An activity or domain in which a great deal of effort is expended: the Shakespeare industry
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    • Another possible approach might examine Chaucerian criticism as a marketplace of ideas: how market-like is the ‘Chaucer industry’?
    • The Mozart industry has thrown down the glove, challenging musicians and listeners to search out every nook in which a Mozart note may have hidden.


late Middle English (in sense 2): from French industrie or Latin industria 'diligence'.

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