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"streamline" in British English

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streamlineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈstriːm.laɪn/
  • streamline verb [T] (SHAPE)

to ​shape something so that it can ​move as ​effectively and ​quickly as ​possible through a ​liquid or ​gas: Streamlining ​carsincreasestheirfuelefficiency. The ​bodies of ​dolphins are more streamlined than those of ​porpoises.
  • streamline verb [T] (IMPROVE)

to ​improve the ​effectiveness of an ​organization such as a ​business or ​government, often by making the way ​activities are ​performedsimpler: The ​cost-cuttingmeasuresinclude streamlining ​administrative procedures in the ​company. Leading ​organizations use ​software to streamline ​their workflow. Streamlining ​management could ​save at least 15 ​percent in ​costs.
(Definition of streamline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"streamline" in American English

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streamlineverb [T]

 us   /ˈstrimˌlɑɪn/
  • streamline verb [T] (SHAPE)

to ​shape something so that it moves as ​easily as ​possible through ​air or ​water: Designers streamlined the ​boat, hoping to ​improveitsperformance.
  • streamline verb [T] (IMPROVE)

to ​change something so that it ​worksbetter, esp. by making it ​simpler: The ​company streamlined ​itsoperations and ​increaseditsprofits.
(Definition of streamline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"streamline" in Business English

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streamlineverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈstriːmlaɪn/ MANAGEMENT
to make a ​business, ​process, ​activity, etc. simpler and more ​effective by ​reducingcosts, the ​number of ​people involved in it, etc.: Around 1% of the ​globalworkforce are being ​laid off as the ​group attempts to streamline its ​business. Many ​governments have embraced ​outsourcing as a way to ​privatize, streamline, and ​lowercosts.streamline operations/procedures/processes They are now under ​pressure to streamline ​operations after ​profitsslumped by 45% last ​year.
(Definition of streamline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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