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noun hierarchy pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪəˌrɑː(r)ki/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a system for organizing people according to their status in a society, organization, or other group
    the management/Church/social hierarchy
    He reached a high level within the Soviet political hierarchy.
  2. 2
    [countable] the group of people who control an organization
    Candidates are chosen by the party hierarchy.
  3. 3
    [countable] formal a series of things arranged according to their importance
    man’s hierarchy of needs


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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