bureaucracy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bureaucracy” in the English Dictionary

"bureaucracy" in British English

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bureaucracynoun [U or C]

uk   /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 ​largenumber of ​officialsemployed to ​followrulescarefully: I had to ​deal with the university's bureaucracy when I was ​applying for ​financialaid.
(Definition of bureaucracy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bureaucracy" in American English

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bureaucracynoun [C/U]

 us   /bjʊˈrɑk·rə·si/
politics & government the ​officials, employees, and ​people who ​rungovernmentdepartments and ​offices, or ​similarofficers and employees who ​manage the ​details of ​operating a ​largebusiness: [C] The city’s bureaucracy is ​almost unmanageable. politics & government disapproving Bureaucracy is also ​officialrules that make it ​difficult to do things: [U] The ​presidentwants to ​add more bureaucracy to ​ourdailylives.
(Definition of bureaucracy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bureaucracy" in Business English

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uk   us   /bjʊəˈrɒkrəsi/
[C] (plural bureaucracies) MANAGEMENT a ​system for ​controlling or ​managing a country, ​company, or ​organization that is ​operated by ​officials who are ​employed to ​followrules 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 ​avoidcreating another layer of bureaucracy. avoid/​eliminate/​reduce bureaucracy
(Definition of bureaucracy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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