industry - definition and synonyms


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  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. c.
      [countable] a particular industry, trade, or service and the people who work in it
  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.