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English definition of “ladder”

ladder

noun [C, usually singular]     /ˈlædər/
a way of referring to a series of increasingly important jobs, or stages in a particular type of work or process: Most top executives had to climb the ladder. These entry-level jobs will offer you a chance to get your foot on the first rung of the employment ladder. First-time buyers are desperate to get on the housing ladder.
→ See also career ladder, corporate ladder, the property ladder
(Definition of ladder noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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