industry

noun
in·​dus·​try | \ ˈin-(ˌ)də-strē How to pronounce industry (audio) \
plural industries

Definition of industry

1a : manufacturing activity as a whole the nation's industry
b : a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises the banking industry
c : a department or branch of a craft, art, business, or manufacture especially : one that employs a large personnel and capital especially in manufacturing
d : systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of value
2 : diligence in an employment or pursuit especially : steady or habitual effort
3 : work devoted to the study of a particular subject or author the Shakespeare industry

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Choose the Right Synonym for industry

business, commerce, trade, industry, traffic mean activity concerned with the supplying and distribution of commodities. business may be an inclusive term but specifically designates the activities of those engaged in the purchase or sale of commodities or in related financial transactions. commerce and trade imply the exchange and transportation of commodities. industry applies to the producing of commodities, especially by manufacturing or processing, usually on a large scale. traffic applies to the operation and functioning of public carriers of goods and persons.

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.
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In other industries and in Silicon Valley in particular, there’s been a push for salary transparency—but Bolles, Salvo, and Cowan all say that for freelancers, talking money is still largely taboo. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 Charlotte Palermino of cannabis education site Nice Paper profiled the inspiring women dominating various aspects of the CBD industry and helping other women to do the same. Marie Claire, "Welcome to the ABCs of CBD," 11 Apr. 2019 Not only will the concerts feature Miranda (of course) but also a handful of the leading ladies in the industry, including Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, and the Pistol Annies. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Is What Miranda Lambert's Cryptic Instagram Post Really Means," 6 Apr. 2019 At some point hopefully people just come [to the store] or the rest of the industry matches us [on revenue split]. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale'," 21 Mar. 2019 Soleimani is the fourth generation of his family to work in the rug industry. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019 Comparisons are commonplace in the music industry — whether based on looks, sound or success. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Doesn't Want to Be Compared to Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey," 11 Apr. 2019 Because the Intel Core i9-9990XE was built with unique specifications and high frequency to meet the workload needs of this targeted industry, it can only be produced in limited quantities and will not be broadly made available. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's controversial 'auction-only' Core i9-9990XE finally goes on sale, sort of," 11 Apr. 2019 Last night, the music industry's best and brightest country stars gathered in Las Vegas for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Are LOSING It Over Chrissy Metz's ACM Awards Performance Last Night," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of industry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for industry

Middle English (Scots) industrie, from Middle French, from Latin industria, from industrius diligent, from Old Latin indostruus, perhaps from indu in + -struus (akin to Latin struere to build) — more at end-, strew

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The first known use of industry was in the 15th century

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industry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of industry

: 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

noun
in·​dus·​try | \ ˈin-də-strē How to pronounce industry (audio) \
plural industries

Kids Definition of industry

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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