bureaucracy

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bjʊˈrɒkrəsi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bjʊˈrɑkrəsi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(byŏŏ rokrə sē)

Inflections of 'bureaucracy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": bureaucracies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bu•reauc•ra•cy /byʊˈrɑkrəsi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. Government government by a rigid, complex, and usually large number of bureaus, administrators, and self-important officials:[uncountable]No one wants more bureaucracy.
  2. Government a body of officials and administrators in this system:[countable]worked hard to make the bureaucracy more effective.
  3. Government rules, routines, and procedures of such a system:[uncountable]bogged down with the bureaucracy of trying to leave the country.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bu•reauc•ra•cy  (byŏŏ rokrə sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. Governmentgovernment by many bureaus, administrators, and petty officials.
  2. Governmentthe body of officials and administrators, esp. of a government or government department.
  3. Governmentexcessive multiplication of, and concentration of power in, administrative bureaus or administrators.
  4. Governmentadministration characterized by excessive red tape and routine.
  • bureau + -cracy, modeled on French bureaucratie 1810–20

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bureaucracy /bjʊəˈrɒkrəsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. a system of administration based upon organization into bureaus, division of labour, a hierarchy of authority, etc: designed to dispose of a large body of work in a routine manner
  2. government by such a system
  3. government or other officials collectively
  4. any administration in which action is impeded by unnecessary official procedures and red tape
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