Meaning of “raw material” in the English Dictionary

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"raw material" in British English

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

"raw material" in American English

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raw materialnoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɔ məˈtɪər·i·əl/

any material, such as oil, cotton, or sugar, in its natural condition, 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)

"raw material" in Business English

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raw materialnoun [ C or U ]

uk us

PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a substance in its natural state that will be used to make something else in an industrial process:

The increase in operating costs is due to higher energy costs and increases in the price of raw materials such as iron ore.

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