An industry is a group of manufacturers or businesses that produce a particular kind of goods or services. Workers in the textile industry design, fabricate, and sell cloth. The tourist industry includes all the commercial aspects of tourism.

You can use industry to refer to a group of similar businesses: The automobile industry makes cars and car parts. The food service industry prepares food and delivers it to hotels, schools, and other big facilities. Industry comes from the Latin industria, which means "diligence, hard work," and the word is still used with that meaning. If you build a house in three weeks, when the same job takes everyone else three months, you're showing impressive industry.

Primary Meanings of industry

the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
persevering determination to perform a task
Full Definitions of industry

n the organized action of making of goods and services for sale

“American industry is making increased use of computers to control production”
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cottage industry
small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment
(economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
industrial enterprise, industrialisation, industrialization
the development of industry on an extensive scale
mass production
the production of large quantities of a standardized article (often using assembly line techniques)
overproduction, overrun
too much production or more than expected
inadequate production or less than expected
output, yield
production of a certain amount
the maximum production possible
the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
the production of malt beverages (as beer or ale) from malt and hops by grinding and boiling them and fermenting the result with yeast
(agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
the act of raising or growing plants (especially on a large scale)
the production of heat or electricity
excavation, mining
the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
the extraction of building stone or slate from an open surface quarry
boring, drilling, oil production
the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
the production of raw silk by raising silkworms
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business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

n the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise

“each industry has its own trade publications”
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aluminum business, aluminum industry
manufacturers of aluminum considered as a group
apparel industry, fashion business, fashion industry, garment industry, rag trade
makers and sellers of fashionable clothing
banking industry, banking system
banks collectively
automobile industry
the manufacturers of automobiles considered collectively
the operation of aircraft to provide transportation
chemical industry
the manufacturers of chemicals considered collectively
coal industry
the producers of coal considered collectively
computer industry
the manufacturers of computers considered collectively
construction industry, housing industry
an industry that builds housing
electronics industry
the manufacturers of electronic products considered collectively
entertainment industry, show biz, show business
those involved in providing entertainment: radio and television and films and theater
film industry, movie industry
the entertainment industries involved in producing and distributing movies
growth industry
an industry that is growing rapidly
lighting industry
an industry devoted to manufacturing and selling and installing lighting
arms industry, munitions industry
an industry that manufacturers weapons of war
oil business, oil industry, refining industry
an industry that produces and delivers oil and oil products
plastics industry
an industry that manufactures plastic articles
market, securities industry
the securities markets in the aggregate
service industry
an industry that provides services rather than tangible objects
shipbuilding industry
an industry that builds ships
shoe industry
an industry that manufactures and sells shoes
sign industry
an industry that produces signs
steel industry
the industry that makes steel and steel products
sunrise industry
a new industry that is expanding rapidly (especially telecommunications or electronics)
tobacco industry
an industry that manufactures and sells products containing tobacco
toy business, toy industry
an industry that manufactures and sells toys for children
trucking industry
an industry that provides transportation for commercial products
the film industry of India
filmdom, screen, screenland
the personnel of the film industry
the film industry of the United States
bear market
a market characterized by falling prices for securities
bull market
a market characterized by rising prices for securities
the City
used to allude to the securities industry of Great Britain
Wall Street, the Street
used to allude to the securities industry of the United States
money market
a market for short-term debt instruments
management consulting
a service industry that provides advice to those in charge of running a business
FCS, Farm Credit System
a cooperative nationwide system of banks and associations providing credit to farmers and related businesses; originally capitalized by the federal government but now owned by its members and borrowers
an underground banking system based on trust whereby money can be made available internationally without actually moving it or leaving a record of the transaction
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commercial enterprise
an enterprise connected with commerce

n persevering determination to perform a task

“frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues”
diligence, industriousness
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assiduity, assiduousness, concentration
great and constant diligence and attention
sedulity, sedulousness
the quality of being constantly diligent and attentive
diligent study
engrossment, intentness
the quality of being intent and concentrated
the quality of concentrating on one central objective
exaggerated studiousness
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determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

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