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noun hierarchy pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪəˌrɑː(r)ki/ 
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pluralhierarchies
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of hierarchy
  3. 3
    [countable] formal a series of things arranged according to their importance

    man's hierarchy of needs

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