Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “industry”

See all translations

industry

noun  /ˈɪn·də·stri, ˈɪnˌdʌs·tri/ us  

industry noun (PRODUCTION)

[U] the companies and activities involved in the production of goods for sale, esp. in a factory: business and industry

industry noun (TYPE OF WORK)

[C] a type of business: She’s worked in the banking and computer industries.

industry noun (HARD WORK)

[U] the quality of working hard: It takes industry and determination to complete a Ph.D.
industrialized
adjective  /ɪnˈdʌs·tri·əˌlɑɪzd/ us  
industrialized nations
industrious
adjective  /ɪnˈdʌs·tri·əs/ us  
Every employee is expected to be competent and industrious.
Translations of “industry”
in Korean 산업, 제조…
in Arabic صِناعة, حِرْفة…
in French industrie, travail…
in Turkish üretim, mamül, mal…
in Italian industria…
in Chinese (Traditional) 生產, 工業, 產業…
in Russian промышленность, индустрия…
in Polish przemysł…
in Spanish industria, diligencia…
in Portuguese indústria…
in German die Industrie, der Fleiß…
in Catalan indústria…
in Japanese 産業, 工業…
in Chinese (Simplified) 生产, 工业, 产业…
(Definition of industry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of industry?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “industry”

Definitions of “industry” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More