Meaning of “the civil service” in the English Dictionary

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"the civil service" in British English

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the civil servicenoun

uk /ˌsɪv.əl ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us /ˌsɪv.əl ˈsɝː.vɪs/

the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action:

The British civil service is supposed to be non-political.

(Definition of “the civil service” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"civil service" in American English

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civil servicenoun [ C ]

/ˈsɪv·əl ˈsɜr·vɪs/

politics & government all government departments that are not part of the military

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

"civil service" in Business English

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civil servicenoun [ S ]

uk us GOVERNMENT

the employees and departments of a country's government that are not part of its military:

After joining the Civil Service she traveled around the world teaching English.
The country has introduced a performance-based compensation system for its civil service.
His father encouraged him to pursue a military career or a civil service job with state government.

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