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Definition of raw material 

: crude or processed material that can be converted by manufacture, processing, or combination into a new and useful product wheat … is raw material for the flour mill —C. A. Koepke broadly : something with a potential for improvement, development, or elaboration perplexities are often the raw material of discoveries —Agnes M. Clerke

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Synonyms for raw material


making, material, stuff, substance

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Examples of raw material in a Sentence

His experiences during the war were the raw material for the story.

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But supplies of the raw material have been out of balance for several years. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp, latimes.com, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018 The research looks at different types of shopping bags through all of their life cycles: from the extraction of the raw material needed to make the bag to the way the bags are used and then discarded. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Are cotton totes better for the Earth than plastic bags? It depends on what you care about," 12 May 2018 The cluster of stars is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust — the raw materials for the creation of new stars, NASA said. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "NASA releases image of 'celestial fireworks' in honor of Independence Day," 4 July 2018 American recyclables served as the raw material for manufacturing new products. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 In Guerrero — a hub for cultivation of the opium poppy, the raw material in the production of heroin — 10 candidates for local posts in the rural town of Cutzamala de Pinzon, home to about 5,000 people, have withdrawn from the race. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Slayings of political candidates accelerate in run-up to Mexico election," 27 June 2018 While the accord says the government should co-operate with farmers to replace coca, the raw material for cocaine, with legal crops, Mr Duque wants to return to the practice, ended by Mr Santos, of fumigating coca from the air. The Economist, "Colombia’s new president will struggle to heal his country’s divisions," 21 June 2018 As Venezuela's bolivar has lost its value, artisans say its worth more as a raw material than as a currency. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 In soccer’s global order, Africa is seen as a supplier of raw material to be refined and then sold on the international market—or, far more likely, discarded. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "How Not to Scout for Soccer Talent," 14 June 2018

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of raw material

What It Is

Raw materials are commodities, parts or substances that are assembled or processed to form a final product.

How It Works

For example, the raw materials involved in chocolate chip cookies are butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, baking powder and chocolate.

Why It Matters

Raw materials determine the quality and cost of producing an item. Many raw materials are commodities that trade on the futures market. For many companies, acquiring raw materials at a good price makes the difference between having a profitable year and having an unprofitable year.

Raw materials may be considered unfinished goods and thus recorded as inventory on the balance sheet.

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English Language Learners Definition of raw material

: the basic material that can be used to make or create something

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characteristic trappings or dress

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