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industry

[ in-duh-stree ]
/ ˈɪn də stri /
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noun, plural in·dus·tries for 1, 2, 7.
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Origin of industry

1475–85; earlier industrie<Latin industria, noun use of feminine of industriusindustrious

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British Dictionary definitions for industry

industry
/ (ˈɪndəstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries
organized economic activity concerned with manufacture, extraction and processing of raw materials, or construction
a branch of commercial enterprise concerned with the output of a specified product or servicethe steel industry
  1. industrial ownership and management interests collectively, as contrasted with labour interests
  2. manufacturing enterprise collectively, as opposed to agriculture
diligence; assiduity

Word Origin for industry

C15: from Latin industria diligence, from industrius active, of uncertain origin
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