Definition of raw material in English:

raw material

noun

  • The basic material from which a product is made.

    • ‘The slaves provided the cheap and reliable labour to produce the cheap raw materials.’
    • ‘The planners assigned central Asia the role of supplier of raw materials, notably cotton.’
    • ‘Oil is used as a raw material in products ranging from plastics to paints.’
    • ‘Our basic raw material, pulp, has also nearly doubled in price and we haven't been able to pass that increase on.’
    • ‘They were used to direct labour and raw materials as a way of maintaining the production of critical commodities.’
    • ‘The problem for utilities is that they operate in a tightly regulated market, but their raw material cost is fossil fuel.’
    • ‘Those resources have now almost run out, putting a premium on firms producing the raw material.’
    • ‘This allowed it to make sufficient raw materials to fuel cancer's rapid cell division.’
    • ‘The raw materials for these products derived from coal or crude oil.’
    • ‘In the traditional sense, it is a company that makes a product from raw materials by hand or machinery.’
    • ‘This nation has been built almost on the export of raw materials and animal products.’
    • ‘It said increases in costs of raw materials has eroded its profit margins and yet it still has to stay competitive.’
    • ‘They would be able to bring some cost discipline to the production of their key raw material.’
    • ‘The prewar economy was heavily dependent on a few primary products or raw materials.’
    • ‘However, green tea exported from Thailand is mostly used as a raw material for consumer products.’
    • ‘We should also eliminate the raw materials used for the production of narcotics.’
    • ‘They will also be helped to obtain raw materials and market their products.’
    • ‘Items of rose and sandalwood gained popularity as ivory became a scarce raw material for carving.’
    • ‘You buy your raw materials, put your labour into your product and put it for sale.’
    • ‘They procure raw materials and self-finished products throughout the world.’
    constituent, raw material, element, component
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Pronunciation:

raw material

/ˌrô məˈtirēəl/