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noun [countable] sector pronunciation in American English /ˈsektər/
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    economics a part of a countrys 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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