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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 clearly defined.
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 various levels or ranks according to their importance: He rapidly rose 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 cheaply managed 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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