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noun [countable] sector pronunciation in British English /ˈsektə(r)/
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  1. 1
    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.


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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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