Definition of industry
1 : diligence in an employment or pursuit; especially : steady or habitual effort
2 a : systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of value b : a department or branch of a craft, art, business, or manufacture; especially : one that employs a large personnel and capital especially in manufacturing c : a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises <the banking industry> d : manufacturing activity as a whole <the nation's industry>
3 : work devoted to the study of a particular subject or author <the Shakespeare industry>
Examples of industry in a sentence
He favors policies that promote industry.
She invested in several large industries.
She became so popular that a whole industry grew up around her and her image.
Synonym Discussion of industry
INDUSTRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of industry for English Language Learners
: the process of making products by using machinery and factories
: a group of businesses that provide a particular product or service
: the habit of working hard and steadily
INDUSTRY Defined for Kids
Definition of industry for Students
1 : businesses that provide a certain product or service <the oil industry> <the shipping industry>
2 : manufacturing activity <In May, industry slowed down.>
3 : the habit of working hard and steadily <Rab did not immediately spring into action to make a good show of his industry before his master. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>
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