Definition of “industry” - English Dictionary

“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.

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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 /ˈɪndəstri/ us 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.
in 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 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
industry 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)