Meaning of “mechanism” in the English Dictionary

"mechanism" in British English

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

"mechanism" in American English

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mechanismnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmek·əˌnɪz·əm/

mechanism noun [ C ] (MACHINE PART)

a part of a machine, or a set of parts that work together:

Automatic cameras have a special focusing mechanism.

mechanism noun [ C ] (SYSTEM)

a way of doing something, esp. one that is planned or part of a system:

The mechanism for collecting taxes needs revising.

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"mechanism" in Business English

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mechanismnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmekənɪzəm/ us

a part of a machine, or a set of parts that work together:

The elevator has a safety mechanism which prevents it from falling.

a way of doing something that is planned or part of a system:

a mechanism to do sth We need to develop a mechanism to keep freelancers supplied with work.
The book proposes a mechanism for resolving work disputes.
a defence/coping/survival mechanism
an effective/elaborate/useful mechanism
a control/monitoring mechanism

(Definition of “mechanism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)