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.
2 [mass noun] Hard work: the kitchen became a hive of industry
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  • Her sewing room, based in her farm in Fife, which she shares with her fiancé, is a hive of industry.
  • On some occasions three courts were sitting simultaneously and it was a hive of industry and justice.
  • His industry, inventiveness and hard work said a lot about the way Celtic play the game.
hard work, industriousness, diligence, assiduity, application, sedulousness, sedulity, conscientiousness, steadiness, tirelessness, persistence, pertinacity, perseverance, dedication, determination, rigour, rigorousness;
activity, busyness, energy, vigour, effort, labour, dynamism, zeal, productiveness
archaic laboriousness, continuance
rare perseveration


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

  • The first sense recorded for industry was ‘hard work’. It comes from Latin industria ‘diligence’. The meaning ‘trade, manufacture’ is found from the mid 16th century.

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