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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.



… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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