ladder - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 2
    a system that has different levels through which you can progress

    In that community, being a doctor was a step up on the social ladder.

    She was high enough on the corporate ladder to take time off whenever she wanted.

  2. 3
    British a long thin hole in stockings or tights. The American word is run.
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  3. 4
    a list of the names of all the players in a sports competition in order, with the best player at the top