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systemnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɪs·təm/
  • system noun [C] (SET)

a set of connected items or devices that operate together: the system of interstate highways We’re having a new computer system installed.
In the body, a system is a set of organs or structures that have a particular job 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 medical claim. Under the US legal system, an accused person is innocent until proven guilty.
A system is also a particular method of counting, measuring, or weighing things: the metric system
(Definition of system from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"system" in British English

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systemnoun

uk   /ˈsɪs.təm/  us   /ˈsɪs.təm/
  • system noun (SET)

B1 [C] a set of connected things or devices that operate together: a central heating system
B1 [C] a set of computer equipment and programs used together for a particular purpose: The system keeps crashing and no one is able to figure out why.
C2 [C] a set of organs or structures in the body that have a particular purpose: the immune system the nervous system
[C] the way that the body works, especially the way that it digests food and passes out waste products: 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 better filing system. Under this system, many people were prevented from voting. The legal system operates very differently in the US and Britain.
B2 [C] a particular method 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 alphabetical order.
the system disapproving
unfair laws and rules that prevent people from being able to improve their situation: He has his own ways of beating the system, making sure that he has good relationships with influential people.

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(Definition of system from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 tracks results.a system for (doing) sth The bank has streamlined systems for switching accounts.a system of (doing) sth The core of the fraud was a system of double billing. a complaints/tax/trading system The quota system limits 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 criminal justice system the legal/financial system Countries with better banking systems should have easier access to money at lower interest rates than those that do not.
MEASURES a particular method of counting, measuring, or weighing things: the metric system
a set of connected machines, etc. that operate together: They design and build solar electric systems. We need to install a sprinkler system.
IT a set of computer equipment and programs used together for a particular purpose: At the moment, the company spends around €1million a year on its IT systems. I can't process the order right 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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