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noun [countable] mechanism pronunciation in American English /ˈmekəˌnɪzəm/ 
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  1. 1
    a machine or part of a machine

    a locking mechanism

    1. a.
      a system of parts that people think of as working together like the parts of a machine

      the mechanisms for releasing hormones into the body

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  2. 2
    a method or process for getting something done within a system or organization

    a mechanism for settling disputes between trading partners

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