Meaning of “light industry” in the English Dictionary

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"light industry" in British English

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light industrynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌlaɪt ˈɪn.də.stri/ us /ˌlaɪt ˈɪn.də.stri/

industry that makes small things and does not need to use large, heavy machinery

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

"light industry" in Business English

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light industrynoun [ C or U ]

uk us PRODUCTION

industries that manufacture small equipment, clothing, electronics, etc.:

One area has numerous coal-fired power plants and high levels of air pollution, the other is an area with light industry and lower levels of air pollution.

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

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