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"machinery" in British English

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machinerynoun [U]

uk   /məˈʃiː.nə.ri/  us   /-nɚ.i/
  • machinery noun [U] (MACHINES)

C1 a ​group of ​largemachines or the ​parts of a ​machine that make it ​work: industrial/​farm machinery His ​hand was ​injured when he got it ​caught in the machinery.

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

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machinerynoun [U]

 us   /məˈʃi·nər·i/
a ​group of ​machines, or the ​movableparts of a ​machine: farm machinery Some of the ​older machinery ​breaks down ​frequently.
(Definition of machinery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"machinery" in Business English

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machinerynoun [U]

uk   us   /məˈʃiːnəri/
PRODUCTION a ​group of large ​machines or large ​machines in ​general: agricultural/industrial/farm, etc. machinery They use modern ​farm machinery, such as ​combineharvesters. The ​workshops are ​fitted with modern ​plant machinery.drive/operate/use machinery If you ​feel tired, you should not ​drive or ​operateheavy machinery. What ​happens if the machinery ​breaks down?machinery goes/runs/works They ​keep the machinery ​working all night.machinery manufacturer/supplier The ​site is ​owned by a ​textile machinery ​manufacturer. Loose ​clothing may get ​caught in the machinery.
the ​structure and ​systems of an ​organization or ​process: The Prime Minister made ​majorchanges to the machinery of ​government. thebureaucratic/​political/decision-making machinery
(Definition of machinery from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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