Meaning of “factory” in the English Dictionary

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"factory" in British English

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factorynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfæk.tər.i/ us /ˈfæk.tɚ.i/

A1 a building or set of buildings where large amounts of goods are made using machines:

a car/shoe/textile factory
a factory worker/manager

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  • The factory supplies electrical components for cars.
  • The report is highly critical of safety standards at the factory.
  • The closure of the Manchester printing factory is the company's biggest single cutback so far.
  • People who work with furnaces in a steel factory need to wear protective clothing.
  • The company plans to shut down four factories and cut 10 000 jobs.

(Definition of “factory” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"factory" in American English

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factorynoun [ C ]

us /ˈfæk·tə·ri, ˈfæk·tri/

a building or buildings where people use machines to produce goods:

She worked in a factory that produced air conditioners.

(Definition of “factory” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"factory" in Business English

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factorynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfæktəri/ us plural factories

PRODUCTION a building or set of buildings in which machines are used to produce large amounts of manufactured goods:

She works in a / car factory.
a cigarette/clothing/textile, etc. factory The textile factory used to be the biggest employer in town.
Factory workers staged a walk-out last week in a dispute over pay.
You can order your goods direct from the factory.

(Definition of “factory” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)