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Definition of "industry" []

  • Commercial production and sale of goods. (noun)
  • A specific branch of manufacture and trade: the textile industry. See Synonyms at business. (noun)
  • The sector of an economy made up of manufacturing enterprises: government regulation of industry. (noun)
  • Industrial management. (noun)
  • Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence: demonstrated great intelligence and industry as a prosecutor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "industry" in a sentence
  • "They all sink into the lowest class of religions mendicants, or retainers; or live among their friends as drones upon the land; while the manufacturing, trading, and commercial industry that provided them with the comforts, conveniences, and elegancies of life while they were in a higher grade of service is in its turn thrown out of employment; and the whole frame of society becomes, for a time, deranged by the local diminution in the demand _for the services of men and the produce of their industry_."
  • "The very word industry comes from the Middle English word industrie, or skill, and from the Latin industria, or diligence."
  • "The very word "industry" comes from the Middle English word "industrie", or skill, and from the Latin "industria", or diligence."