Meaning of SYSTEM in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A ~ is a way of working, organizing, or doing something which follows a fixed plan or set of rules. You can use ~ to refer to an organization or institution that is organized in this way.

...a flexible and relatively efficient filing ~.

...a multi-party ~ of government...

N-COUNT: usu with supp


A ~ is a set of devices powered by electricity, for example a computer or an alarm.

Viruses tend to be good at surviving when a computer ~ crashes.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


A ~ is a set of equipment or parts such as water pipes or electrical wiring, which is used to supply water, heat, or electricity.

...a central heating ~.

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A ~ is a network of things that are linked together so that people or things can travel from one place to another or communicate.

...Australia’s road and rail ~.

...a news channel on a local cable ~.

= network

N-COUNT: usu supp N


Your ~ is your body’s organs and other parts that together perform particular functions.

These gases would seriously damage the patient’s respiratory ~.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


A ~ is a particular set of rules, especially in mathematics or science, which is used to count or measure things.

...the decimal ~ of metric weights and measures.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


People sometimes refer to the government or administration of a country as the ~.

These feelings are likely to make people attempt to overthrow the ~...

N-SING: the N


see also central nervous ~ , digestive ~ , eco~ , immune ~ , metric ~ , nervous ~ , public address ~ , solar ~ , sound ~


If you get something out of your ~, you take some action so that you no longer want to do it or no longer have strong feelings about it.

I want to get boxing out of my ~ and settle down to enjoy family life.

PHRASE: V inflects

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