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noun system pronunciation in American English /ˈsɪstəm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a set of connected things that work together for a particular purpose
    a central heating system
    I decided to install a security system to prevent any break-ins.
    the capital’s inadequate public transportation system
    1. a.
      a set of organs, tubes, etc. in your body that work together
      cardiovascular/circulatory system: First, check that the circulatory system is working properly.
    2. b.
      a set of pieces of equipment or computer programs that work together
      a new computer system
      The magazine is produced using a desktop publishing system.
      system requirements (=the type of software, hardware, and the amount of memory needed to operate a program): The system requirements for this program are listed below.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a method of organizing or doing things
    a legal/educational/political system
    a two-party/multiparty system
    the criminal justice system
    system for: They are introducing a very sophisticated system for delivering information.
    system of: a democratic system of government
    system to: There is simply no system to the way Joshua works.
  3. 3
    your body considered as a set of connected organs, tubes, etc.
    Lack of sleep can be hard on the system.


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