industry Definition

  • 1economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories
  • 2hard work and effort expended on a particular task or activity

Using industry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "industry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The automobile industry is a major employer.

  • Example

    The film industry has been hit hard by the pandemic.

  • Example

    She is studying industrial design at university.

  • Example

    He is a man of industry, always working on some project.

industry Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for industry

Antonyms for industry

Idioms Using industry

  • actively involved in a particular field of work or business


    He has spent his entire career in industry, working his way up from an entry-level position to management.

  • the businesses and individuals involved in the design, production, and marketing of clothing and accessories


    She works in the fashion industry as a designer for a major brand.

  • the businesses and individuals involved in the production, distribution, and exhibition of films


    The film industry has been impacted by the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Phrases with industry

  • large-scale, capital-intensive industries that produce complex manufactured goods or involve heavy machinery


    The city's economy was once dominated by heavy industry like steel and coal mining.

  • a small-scale, decentralized manufacturing business often operated out of a home rather than a factory


    The town's main cottage industry is weaving, with many families producing textiles for sale.

  • an emerging industry that is expected to grow rapidly in the near future


    Renewable energy is considered a sunrise industry, with increasing demand for clean energy sources.

Origins of industry

from Latin 'industria', meaning 'diligence, purpose'


Summary: industry in Brief

The term 'industry' [ˈɪndəstri] refers to economic activity involving the processing of raw materials and manufacturing of goods, as well as hard work and effort expended on a task. It encompasses fields like the automobile industry and industrial design. Phrases like 'heavy industry' and 'cottage industry' denote large-scale and small-scale manufacturing, respectively. Idioms like 'in industry' and 'the film industry' refer to active involvement in a field of work or business.

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