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"industry" in British English

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industrynoun

uk   /ˈɪn.də.stri/  us   /ˈɪn.də.stri/
  • industry noun (PRODUCTION)

B2 [U] the companies and activities involved in the process of producing goods for sale, especially in a factory or special area: trade and industry industry and commerce The city needs to attract more industry. The strike seriously reduced coal deliveries to industry.

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  • industry noun (TYPE OF WORK)

B1 [C] the people and activities involved in one type of business: the gas/electricity industry the tourist industry manufacturing industries The computer industry has been booming.
[C] disapproving something that is produced or is available in large quantities and makes a lot of money: the heritage industry

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

"industry" in American English

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industrynoun

 us   /ˈɪn·də·stri, ˈɪnˌdʌs·tri/
  • 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  us   /ɪnˈdʌs·tri·əˌlɑɪzd/
industrialized nations
industrious
adjective  us   /ɪnˈdʌs·tri·əs/
Every employee is expected to be competent and industrious.
(Definition of industry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"industry" in Business English

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industrynoun

uk   us   /ˈɪndəstri/ (plural industries) ECONOMICS, PRODUCTION
[U] the companies and activities involved in the production of goods: We hope the government listens to the concerns of industry and drops its plans to introduce another crippling tax on business. domestic/global/international industryin industry The largest firms only account for one in four jobs in industry.go/move into industry Another top accountant has moved into industry.
[C] the people and activities involved in one type of business that produces goods or offers services: the car/electronics/construction industry In the construction industry, as in other industries, mechanization has had a major impact. the advertising/banking/insurance industry the music/movie/entertainment industry Job gains in service industries such as health care and banking offset losses in such areas as construction. a global/growing/leading industry an industry consultant/expert/observerindustry figures/data/average The auto maker spends $581 more on distribution per car than the industry average.
(Definition of industry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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