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English definition of “bureaucracy”

bureaucracy

noun [U or C]     /bjʊəˈrɒk.rə.si/ US  /bjʊˈrɑː.krə-/ mainly disapproving
C2 a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization that is operated by a large number of officials employed to follow rules carefully: I had to deal with the university's bureaucracy before I could change from one course to another.Managing and organizing
(Definition of bureaucracy noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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