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raw materialnoun [C or U]

/ˌrɔː məˈtɪə.ri.əl/  us   /ˌrɑː məˈtɪr.i.əl/
(Definition of raw material from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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raw materialnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɔ məˈtɪər·i·əl/
any material, such as ​oil, ​cotton, or ​sugar, in ​itsnaturalcondition, before it has been ​processed for use: The ​cost of raw materials was going up.
(Definition of raw material from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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raw materialnoun [C or U]

uk   us  
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a substance in its ​naturalstate that will be used to make something else in an ​industrialprocess: rawmaterialcosts/​prices The ​increase in ​operatingcosts is ​due to ​higherenergycosts and ​increases in the ​price of ​rawmaterials such as ​iron ore.
(Definition of raw material from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “raw material”
in Arabic مواد خام…
in Korean 원자재…
in Portuguese matéria-prima…
in Catalan matèria primera…
in Japanese 原料, 原材料…
in Italian materia prima…
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