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Definition of industry:

  1. Any department or branch of art, occupation, or business; especially, one which employs much labor and capital and is a distinct branch of trade; as, the sugar industry; the iron industry; the cotton industry.
  2. Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention to business; assiduity; - opposed to sloth and idleness; as, industry pays debts, while idleness or despair will increase them.
  3. Human exertion of any kind employed for the creation of value, and regarded by some as a species of capital or wealth; labor.

Synonyms:

patience, industriousness, fabrication, trading, manufacturing, mass production, attention, care, exertion, industrious, application, sedulousness, constancy, effort, traffic, sloth, perseverance, assiduousness, diligence, inventiveness, persistence, laziness, production, assiduity, pains, intentness, zeal, capital, energy, manufacture, action.

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