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noun industry pronunciation in British English /ˈɪndəstri/
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pluralindustries
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the production of goods, especially those made in factories. The part of industry that involves the production of steel, coal, or large goods such as aircraft is called heavy industry. The part of industry that involves the production of small goods, for example electronic equipment, is called light industry
    The town was severely hit by the decline in industry.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the people and organizations involved in producing goods
      action by the government to ease industry’s fears
    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with industry
      industry experts/leaders/officials
    3. c.
      [countable] a particular industry, trade, or service and the people who work in it
      the nuclear/chemical/pharmaceutical industry
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  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] an activity or business that has become very successful, especially one that you think makes an unfair profit or is not necessary
    another keep-fit video from the burgeoning fitness industry
  3. 3
    [uncountable] formal hard work and effort
    He still believed that honesty and industry would lead to success.
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