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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)
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