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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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