Meaning of “bureaucracy” - Learner’s Dictionary

bureaucracy

noun uk us /bjʊəˈrɒkrəsi/
RULES [ U ]

complicated rules and processes used by an organization, especially when they do not seem necessary:

government bureaucracy
GOVERNMENT [ C, U ]

a government or organization in which there are a lot of officials in a lot of departments

bureaucrat uk us /ˈbjʊərəʊkræt/ noun [ C ]

someone working in a bureaucracy

bureaucratic uk us /ˌbjʊərəʊˈkrætɪk/ adjective

(Definition of “bureaucracy” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)