system Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “system” in the English Dictionary

"system" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈsɪs.təm/

system noun (SET)

B1 [C] a set of ​connected things or ​devices that ​operate together: a ​centralheating systemB1 [C] a set of ​computerequipment and ​programs used together for a ​particularpurpose: The system ​keepscrashing and no one is ​able to ​figure out why.C2 [C] a set of ​organs or ​structures in the ​body that have a ​particularpurpose: the ​immune system the ​nervous system [C] the way that the ​bodyworks, ​especially the way that it ​digestsfood and ​passes out ​wasteproducts: A ​run in the ​morning is good for the system - it ​wakes the ​body up and gets everything going.
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system noun (METHOD)

B2 [C] a way of doing things: We'll have to ​develop a ​betterfiling system. Under this system, many ​people were ​prevented from ​voting. The ​legal system operates very ​differently in the US and ​Britain.B2 [C] a ​particularmethod of ​counting, ​measuring, or ​weighing things: the ​metric system of ​measuring and ​weighing [U] approving the ​intentional and ​organized use of a system: There doesn't ​seem to be any system to the ​books on these ​shelves - they're ​certainly not in ​alphabeticalorder.the system disapproving unfairlaws and ​rules that ​preventpeople from being ​able to ​improvetheirsituation: He has his own ​ways of beating the system, making ​sure that he has good ​relationships with ​influentialpeople.
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(Definition of system from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"system" in American English

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systemnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪs·təm/

system noun [C] (SET)

a set of ​connecteditems or ​devices that ​operate together: the system of ​interstatehighways We’re having a new ​computer system ​installed. In the ​body, a system is a set of ​organs or ​structures that have a ​particularjob to do: the ​digestive system

system noun [C] (METHOD)

a way of doing things; a ​method: My ​assistant will ​explain the system for ​filing a ​medicalclaim. Under the US ​legal system, an ​accusedperson is ​innocent until ​provenguilty. A system is also a ​particularmethod of ​counting, ​measuring, or ​weighing things: the ​metric system
(Definition of system from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"system" in Business English

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systemnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsɪstəm/
a particular set of ​actions for doing something: They ​designed a system that ​tracksresults.a system for (doing) sth The ​bank has ​streamlined systems for ​switchingaccounts.a system of (doing) sth The ​core of the ​fraud was a system of ​doublebilling. a complaints/​tax/​trading system The quota systemlimits the ​volumes of ​clothing that China can ​ship to the US.
a ​group of ​organizations that ​work together for a particular ​purpose, or have similar ​activities: the criminaljustice system thelegal/​financial system Countries with better banking systems should have easier ​access to ​money at ​lowerinterestrates than those that do not.
MEASURES a particular ​method of counting, ​measuring, or ​weighing things: the metric system
a set of ​connectedmachines, etc. that ​operate together: They ​design and ​buildsolar electric systems. We need to ​install a sprinkler system.
IT a set of ​computerequipment and ​programs used together for a particular ​purpose: At the moment, the ​companyspends around €1million a ​year on its IT systems. I can't ​process the ​orderright now because our systems are down. You need a ​password to get onto the system.
(Definition of system from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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