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English definition of “ladder”

ladder

noun [S] (SERIES OF STAGES)    /ˈlæd.ər/ US  //
C1 a series of increasingly important jobs or stages in a particular type of work or process : Once he started at Paramount in 1967, he moved rapidly up the corporate ladder. a first rung / step on the employment ladderOrder and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
(Definition of ladder noun (SERIES OF STAGES) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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