hierarchy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"hierarchy" in British English

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hierarchynoun [C]

uk   /ˈhaɪə.rɑː.ki/  us   /ˈhaɪr.ɑːr-/
C2 a ​system in which ​people or things are ​arrangedaccording to ​theirimportance: Some ​monkeys have a very ​complex social hierarchy. He ​rosequickly through the political hierarchy to ​becomepartyleader. the ​people in the ​upperlevels of an ​organization who ​control it
hierarchical
adjective uk   /ˌhaɪəˈrɑː.kɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌhaɪrˈɑːr-/
C2 It's a very hierarchical ​organization in which everyone's ​status is ​clearlydefined.
hierarchically
adverb uk   /ˌhaɪəˈrɑː.kɪ.kəl.i/  us   /ˌhaɪrˈɑːr-/
The ​company is hierarchically ​structured.
(Definition of hierarchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hierarchy" in American English

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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)
Translations of “hierarchy”
in Spanish jerarquía…
in Vietnamese hệ thống thứ bậc…
in Malaysian hierarki…
in Thai การจัดระบบตามลำดับขั้น…
in French hiérarchie…
in German die Hierarchie…
in Chinese (Simplified) 等级制度, 统治集团…
in Turkish hiyerarşi, rütbe/makam/mevkî/yetki sırası/düzeni…
in Russian иерархия…
in Indonesian hierarki…
in Chinese (Traditional) 等級制度, 統治集團…
in Polish hierarchia…
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