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hierarchynoun [C]

uk   /ˈhaɪə.rɑː.ki/  us   /ˈhaɪ.rɑːr.ki/
hierarchical
adjective uk   /ˌhaɪəˈrɑː.kɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌhaɪˈrɑːr.kɪ.kəl/
C2 It's a very hierarchical ​organization in which everyone's ​status is ​clearlydefined.
hierarchically
adverb uk   /ˌhaɪəˈrɑː.kɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌhaɪˈrɑːr.kɪ.kəl.i/
The ​company is hierarchically ​structured.
(Definition of hierarchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hierarchynoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑɪ·əˌrɑr·ki, ˈhɑɪˌrɑr-/
social studies a ​system in which ​people or things are put at ​variouslevels or ​ranksaccording to ​theirimportance: He ​rapidlyrose in the ​corporate hierarchy.
(Definition of hierarchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hierarchy" in Business English

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hierarchynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhaɪərɑːki/ (plural hierarchies)
a ​system in which the ​people within a ​company or ​organization are ​organized into ​levels according to the ​authority they have: Every ​organization has a hierarchy, and ​trying to understand that, and the ​systems and ​processes of the ​organization, is important.corporate/management/organizational/political, etc. hierachy Many kinds of ​work are more easily and ​cheaplymanaged in ​corporate hierarchies than by ​individuals doing ​deals in the ​market.
the ​people in the upper ​levels of a ​company or ​organization who ​control it: When the ​recommendations had been ​submitted and ​approved by the hierarchy, ​teams were ​established to ​manage the ​process of ​implementing them.
(Definition of hierarchy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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