Meaning of “bureaucracy” in the English Dictionary

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bureaucracynoun [ C/U ]

us /bjʊˈrɑk·rə·si/

politics & government the officials, employees, and people who run government departments and offices, or similar officers and employees who manage the details of operating a large business:

[ C ] The city’s bureaucracy is almost unmanageable.

politics & government disapproving Bureaucracy is also official rules that make it difficult to do things:

[ U ] The president wants to add more bureaucracy to our daily lives.

(Definition of “bureaucracy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk /bjʊəˈrɒkrəsi/ us

[ C ] plural bureaucracies MANAGEMENT a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization that is operated by officials who are employed to follow rules carefully:

a government/state/federal bureaucracy These regulations have no benefit except to support a large government bureaucracy.

[ U ] disapproving WORKPLACE complicated rules, processes, and written work that make it hard to get something done:

We need to avoid creating another layer of bureaucracy.
avoid/eliminate/reduce bureaucracy


(Definition of “bureaucracy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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