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Meaning of “ladder” in the English Dictionary

"ladder" in British English

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laddernoun

uk   /ˈlæd.ər/  us   //
  • ladder noun (EQUIPMENT)

B1 [C] a ​piece of ​equipment used for ​climbing up and down, that consists of two ​verticalbars or ​pieces of ​ropejoined to each other by a set of ​horizontalsteps: She was up a ladder, ​cleaning the ​window.

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  • ladder noun (SERIES OF STAGES)

C1 [S] a ​series of ​increasinglyimportantjobs or ​stages in a ​particulartype of ​work or ​process: Once he ​started at Paramount in 1967, he ​movedrapidly up the ​corporate ladder. a first rung/​step on the ​employment ladder
  • ladder noun (COMPETITION)

[C] mainly UK (also ladder tournament) (in ​particularsports) a ​system in which all the ​players who ​playregularly are given a ​position in a ​list and can ​improvetheirposition by ​beating other ​players in that ​list: a ​squash ladder

ladderverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈlæd.ər/  us   // UK
(Definition of ladder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ladder" in American English

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laddernoun [C]

 us   /ˈlæd·ər/
a ​piece of ​equipment used for ​climbing up and down, and consisting of two ​verticalbarsjoined by a set of ​horizontalsteps: fig. In only a few ​years she ​managed to climb up the ​corporate ladder (= ​achievesuccess in the ​businessworld) to ​become a ​vicepresident.
(Definition of ladder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ladder" in Business English

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laddernoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈlædər/
a way of referring to a ​series of ​increasingly important ​jobs, or ​stages in a particular ​type of ​work or ​process: Most ​topexecutives had to climb the ladder. These ​entry-leveljobs will ​offer you a chance to get your ​foot on the first rung of theemployment ladder. First-time ​buyers are desperate to get on the housing ladder.
(Definition of ladder from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ladder”
in Korean 사다리…
in Arabic سُلَّم…
in Malaysian tangga, bahagian yang carik…
in French échelle…
in Russian лестница…
in Chinese (Traditional) 設施, 梯子…
in Italian scala a pioli…
in Turkish seyyar merdiven…
in Polish drabina…
in Spanish escalera (de mano), carrera…
in Vietnamese cái thang, lỗi trong chiếc bít tất do đan…
in Portuguese escada…
in Thai บันได, ลุ่ย…
in German die Leiter, die Laufmasche…
in Catalan escala de mà…
in Japanese はしご…
in Chinese (Simplified) 设施, 梯子…
in Indonesian tangga, cacat pada rajutan…
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