Definition of industry in English:



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

    ‘the competitiveness of American industry’
    • ‘In North America factories and jobs in industry migrated from north to south.’
    • ‘It has been happening on a very large scale in manufacturing industry in Britain.’
    • ‘Perhaps even the gloomy cloud hanging over the manufacturing industry has a silver lining.’
    • ‘The arrival of the homes is the result of a decline in the manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘Manufacturing industry has suffered greatly in the Bradford area in recent years.’
    • ‘Governments should encourage the wider dispersion and implementation of industry's voluntary initiatives and agreements and sharing of best practices.’
    • ‘Mining and industry are replacing agriculture as the leading economic activities.’
    • ‘It has to solve the problem of poverty and develop industry if the process is to advance.’
    • ‘To encourage European industry to implement environmentally sound policies, the EU has put several initiatives in place.’
    • ‘Cotton manufacturing was the chief industry but there was also a brewery, a tannery and a brickworks.’
    • ‘I have never regarded public ownership as the best way to manage manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘Some systematic changes can be descried in European industry before the factory.’
    • ‘The union is now the biggest in the private sector and manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘Raw materials for her industry and food for her people increasingly had to be imported.’
    • ‘It fights to ensure that ownership of land, factories, industry and banks remains the same.’
    • ‘Manufacturing and industry produced a large range of products aimed at many different markets.’
    • ‘Once again, the town's manufacturing industry bore the brunt of the bad news.’
    • ‘Costs of smelters scrap metal and other problems are having a major impact on manufacturing industry.’
    manufacturing, production, fabrication, Construction
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    1. 1.1[with 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.’
      • ‘The court is siding with the entertainment industry in its effort to curb online piracy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Keeping up with the Kiwis now is hard work, as the wine industry continues to grow like topsy’
      • ‘In terms of layoffs, the hardest hit sectors are the auto industry and the high tech sector.’
      • ‘In the airline industry emotional labour is vital to the success of the product.’
      • ‘The computer industry is just now starting to struggle to that level of reliability.’
      • ‘This is a tribute to all those who work so hard in York's tourism industry.’
      • ‘The logic of the marketing model lies in the changing revenue base for media industries.’
      • ‘One might speculate on the influence of entertainment industries in the media here.’
      • ‘However, they do not make any concessions to the hard work it takes to be in the music industry.’
      • ‘The technology industry has a poor track record in attracting female applicants.’
      • ‘Do you think that the music industry makes it hard for more artists to take risks?’
      • ‘It isn't hard for me to imagine people in the entertainment industry going through the same thing.’
      • ‘There may be scope here for new solar energy industries to be developed to power such conversion.’
      • ‘It would be hard to disagree with the objectives of the international aid industry.’
      • ‘The scheme can also help another struggling rural industry - coastal sea fishing.’
      • ‘The prices have been hitting the chocolate industry hard all over the city.’
      • ‘No doubt the ban has been a hard blow to some parts of the hospitality industry.’
      business, trade, field, line, line of work, line of business, commercial enterprise, service
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    2. 1.2informal [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’
    • ‘On some occasions three courts were sitting simultaneously and it was a hive of industry and justice.’
    • ‘Her sewing room, based in her farm in Fife, which she shares with her fiancé, is a hive of industry.’
    • ‘By industry and thrift, labourers would have the chance to buy their own land.’
    • ‘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
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Late Middle English ( industry): from French industrie or Latin industria diligence.