Definition of raw material noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


raw material

BrE BrE//ˌrɑː məˈtɪəriəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrɑː məˈtɪriəl//
[countable, uncountable] Materials and properties
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a basic material that is used to make a product We have had problems with the supply of raw materials to the factory. These trees provide the raw material for high-quality paper. (figurative) The writer uses her childhood as raw material for this novel. Wordfindercapacity, industry, just-in-time, labour, lead time, output, raw material, shipping, supply chain, warehouse See related entries: Materials and properties
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