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English definition of “industry”

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.
(Definition of industry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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