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noun     system pronunciation in British English
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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 after the shop was burgled.

    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

      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 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.

    1. a.

      the system

      rules that decide how a society, country, or organization should operate and that cannot be changed even though they seem unfair to you

      You can’t beat the system.

  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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