Meaning of “framework” in the English Dictionary

"framework" in British English

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uk /ˈfreɪm.wɜːk/ us /ˈfreɪm.wɝːk/

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

"framework" in American English

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frameworknoun [ C ]

us /ˈfreɪmˌwɜrk/

framework noun [ C ] (STRUCTURE)

a structure around or over which something is built:

the steel framework of a bridge

framework noun [ C ] (ORGANIZATION)

the ideas, information, and principles that form the structure of an organization or plan:

They’re operating within the framework of a military bureaucracy.
The agreement outlines a framework and schedule for resolving the issues.

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

"framework" in Business English

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frameworknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfreɪmwɜːk/ us

a system of rules, ideas, or beliefs that is used to plan or decide something:

a framework for sth The future trade agenda can provide an important framework for restoring sustainable growth.
within the framework of sth Our best chance of preventing such devastating acts of terror is to act within the framework of international law.

a supporting structure around which something can be built:

a framework for sth The foundations are ready and the steel framework for the tower has been built.

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