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noun [countable] sector pronunciation in American English /ˈsektər/
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  1. 1
    economics a part of a country’s economic or business activity

    They tend to work as managers, especially in the small business sector.

    sector of:

    A number of key sectors of the economy are in trouble.

    manufacturing/industrial/financial sector:

    The country’s industrial sector continues to grow.

    the private/public sector (=business controlled by private companies or by the government):

    Salaries are not competitive with the private sector.

    1. a.
      a group that is part of a larger group
      sector of:

      Some sectors of the community are opposed to the development plan.

  2. 2
    a part of an area, especially an area that is controlled by the military
    sector of:

    a U.N.-patrolled sector of Bosnia

  3. 3
    maths a part of a circle that is formed by drawing two straight lines from the center to the outer edge

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