Definition of industry in English:

industry

noun

  • 1Economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories.

    ‘the competitiveness of American industry’
    • ‘Mining and industry are replacing agriculture as the leading economic activities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps even the gloomy cloud hanging over the manufacturing industry has a silver lining.’
    • ‘Once again, the town's manufacturing industry bore the brunt of the bad news.’
    • ‘Cotton manufacturing was the chief industry but there was also a brewery, a tannery and a brickworks.’
    • ‘In North America factories and jobs in industry migrated from north to south.’
    • ‘The union is now the biggest in the private sector and manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘The arrival of the homes is the result of a decline in the manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘It fights to ensure that ownership of land, factories, industry and banks remains the same.’
    • ‘Raw materials for her industry and food for her people increasingly had to be imported.’
    • ‘Manufacturing industry has suffered greatly in the Bradford area in recent years.’
    • ‘I have never regarded public ownership as the best way to manage manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘To encourage European industry to implement environmentally sound policies, the EU has put several initiatives in place.’
    • ‘Some systematic changes can be descried in European industry before the factory.’
    • ‘Governments should encourage the wider dispersion and implementation of industry's voluntary initiatives and agreements and sharing of best practices.’
    • ‘It has to solve the problem of poverty and develop industry if the process is to advance.’
    • ‘It has been happening on a very large scale in manufacturing industry in Britain.’
    manufacturing, production, fabrication, Construction
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    1. 1.1with adjective or noun modifier A particular form or branch of economic or commercial activity.
      ‘the car industry’
      ‘the tourist industry’
      • ‘Energy industry representatives will meet this week to address the problems.’
      • ‘There may be scope here for new solar energy industries to be developed to power such conversion.’
      • ‘This is a tribute to all those who work so hard in York's tourism industry.’
      • ‘The court is siding with the entertainment industry in its effort to curb online piracy.’
      • ‘In the airline industry emotional labour is vital to the success of the product.’
      • ‘Do you think that the music industry makes it hard for more artists to take risks?’
      • ‘The scheme can also help another struggling rural industry - coastal sea fishing.’
      • ‘In terms of layoffs, the hardest hit sectors are the auto industry and the high tech sector.’
      • ‘The logic of the marketing model lies in the changing revenue base for media industries.’
      • ‘The prices have been hitting the chocolate industry hard all over the city.’
      • ‘However, they do not make any concessions to the hard work it takes to be in the music industry.’
      • ‘The computer industry is just now starting to struggle to that level of reliability.’
      • ‘One might speculate on the influence of entertainment industries in the media here.’
      • ‘No doubt the ban has been a hard blow to some parts of the hospitality industry.’
      • ‘It would be hard to disagree with the objectives of the international aid industry.’
      • ‘It isn't hard for me to imagine people in the entertainment industry going through the same thing.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘He shouldn't be too hard to find when you consider how the male grooming industry is booming.’
      • ‘Media and creative industries are being courted to move into their own quarter around the border of the two cities.’
      business, trade, field, line, line of work, line of business, commercial enterprise, service
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    2. 1.2informal count noun with adjective or noun modifier An activity or domain in which a great deal of time or effort is expended.
      ‘the Shakespeare industry’
      • ‘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.’
      business, trade, field, line, line of work, line of business, commercial enterprise, service
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  • 2Hard work.

    ‘the kitchen became a hive of industry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By industry and thrift, labourers would have the chance to buy their own land.’
    hard work, industriousness, diligence, assiduity, application, sedulousness, sedulity, conscientiousness, steadiness, tirelessness, persistence, pertinacity, perseverance, dedication, determination, rigour, rigorousness
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

industry

/ˈindəstrē//ˈɪndəstri/