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system

noun [C]     /ˈsɪstəm/
a particular set of actions for doing something: They designed a system that tracks results .a system for (doing) sth The bank has streamlined systems for switching accounts .a system of (doing) sth The core of the fraud was a system of double billing . a complaints / tax / trading system The quota system limits the volumes of clothing that China can ship to the US.
a group of organizations that work together for a particular purpose , or have similar activities : the criminal justice system the legal / financial system Countries with better banking systems should have easier access to money at lower interest rates than those that do not.
MEASURES a particular method of counting , measuring , or weighing things: the metric system
a set of connected machines , etc. that operate together: They design and build solar electric systems. We need to install a sprinkler system.
IT a set of computer equipment and programs used together for a particular purpose : At the moment , the company spends around €1million a year on its IT systems. I can't process the order right now because our systems are down. You need a password to get onto the system.
→ See also accounting system, computer system, decision support system, digital nervous system, disk operating system, economic system, environmental management system, expert system, filing system, fixed instalment system, the Hay system, hub-and-spoke system, human resource information system, imputation system, information system, kanban, legal system, management information system, manufacturing information system, monetary system, open system, operating system, pull system, push system, reward system, strategic information system
(Definition of system noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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