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"standard operating procedure" in British English

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standard operating procedurenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌstæn.dəd ˈɒp.ər.eɪ.tɪŋ prəˌsiː.dʒər/ us /ˌstæn.dɚd ˈɑː.pə.reɪ.t̬ɪŋ prəˌsiː.dʒɚ/ abbreviation SOP US

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

"standard operating procedure" in American English

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standard operating procedurenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈstæn·dərd ˈɑp·əˌreɪ·tɪŋ prəˌsi·dʒər/

the usual method followed in doing a particular thing:

Running a credit check before opening new accounts is standard operating procedure.

(Definition of “standard operating procedure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"standard operating procedure" in Business English

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standard operating procedurenoun [ C or U ]

uk us abbreviation SOP

HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT the official or usual way that people are expected to do particular things in a company, organization, etc.:

Many reforms adopted by these fund companies will become standard operating procedure across the industry.
follow standard operating procedure The findings of the investigation revealed that the operator had not followed standard operating procedure.
We can give guidance on preparing standard operating procedures.

(Definition of “standard operating procedure” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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