system


system
noun
1 set of ideas/rules for organizing sth
ADJECTIVE
current, existing

We're looking to replace the existing system.

modern, new
old-fashioned, outdated
traditional
standard
complex, complicated, elaborate, intricate, sophisticated

The new system is overly complex.

simple
comprehensive
coherent
integrated

an integrated transport system (BrE)

an integrated transportation system (AmE)

effective, efficient
viable, workable
inefficient, wasteful
flexible
rigid
stable
foolproof
imperfect, perfect
unique
centralized, decentralized
closed, open

a closed system with a rigidly defined set of choices

bureaucratic
hierarchical
authoritarian, oppressive, repressive
equitable, fair
corrupt, unjust
bankrupt

The governor referred to a prison system that was bankrupt of compassion.

public, state

schools within the state system (BrE)

schools within the public system (AmE)

local-government (esp. BrE), parliamentary, political
electoral, voting
banking, economic, financial, monetary
tax, taxation
educational, examination, school, university
court, criminal justice, judicial, justice, legal, penal, prison
benefit, benefits, health-insurance, pension, social-insurance, social-security, welfare
care, health, health-care
rail, railway (BrE), subway, transport (esp. BrE), transportation (esp. AmE)
communication
cable
detection, monitoring, warning
security, surveillance
backup, support
accounting, administrative
delivery
control
disciplinary
agricultural
commercial, market
cultural, social
scoring

The game has a complex scoring system.

grammatical, language
classification, filing
storage
belief, value
capitalist, caste, communist
multiparty, two-party
two-tier
VERB + SYSTEM
build, create, design, develop, devise, establish, set up
have
adopt, apply, deploy, implement, introduce

We are implementing a new system of stock control.

advocate
join
be part of

They are all part of the corrupt system we need to change.

manage, operate, run
maintain
manipulate, play, use

He played the legal system to his own advantage.

organize

How is the system organized?

adapt, change, transform
tinker with
test
improve, modernize, overhaul, refine, reform, reorganize, simplify, streamline, strengthen

the need to modernize the judicial system

perfect
perpetuate

The so-called reforms merely perpetuate an unjust system.

clog, clog up

a backlog of cases clogging up the system

destabilize, disrupt, undermine, weaken

attempts to disrupt the rail system

dismantle
abandon, do away with, scrap
destroy, overthrow
replace
restore
criticize, fight, rebel against

She spent her years at school fighting the system.

defend, support
understand
beat, buck

You can never beat the system!

bypass

an attempt to bypass the bureaucratic system

blame

It's not your fault—blame the system.

SYSTEM + VERB
exist
be based on sth, rest on sth

Every political system rests on certain fundamentals.

be aimed at sth, be geared to sth
allow sth, enable sth

This system allows you to study at your own speed.

offer sth, provide sth
be in operation, be operational, function, operate, work

This case proves that the system works effectively.

break down, collapse, fail
PREPOSITION
in a/the system

at another point in the education system

under a/the system

Under the new system, all children will be monitored by a social worker.

system for

They devised an appropriate system for presenting the required information.

2 group of things/parts that work together
ADJECTIVE
sophisticated
automated, automatic, computer, computer-based, computerized, electronic, manual, mechanical
audio, sound, stereo
air-conditioning, alarm, electrical, exhaust, heating, life-support, plumbing, public address (abbreviated to PA), sprinkler, ventilation
electronic mail, email, mail, phone, telephone, voicemail
satellite
global positioning, guidance, navigation
propulsion
missile, weapons
drainage, irrigation
river, road
VERB + SYSTEM
build, create, develop
improve, streamline
install

For this month only, installing the system is free.

SYSTEM + VERB
function, operate, work
break down, fail

The air-conditioning system failed.

PREPOSITION
in a/the system, with a/the system

a fault in the sound system

3 the body, or parts of it that work together
ADJECTIVE
auditory, biological, cardiovascular, circulatory, digestive, immune, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, sensory, visual

the central nervous system

PREPOSITION
in a/the system

a valve in the circulatory system

PHRASES
a shock to the system

Returning to work after a long break can be a terrible shock to the system.

4 workings of a computer
ADJECTIVE
advanced, powerful
interactive
online
digital, optical, wireless
compatible, incompatible
computer, PC
operating, operational
database, file, information, management
processing, recognition, retrieval, storage

an information retrieval system

server, software
parallel
VERB + SYSTEM
install
boot, boot up, reboot

Just reboot the system and try again.

build, design, develop

We're designing a voice-recognition system.

launch
upgrade
SYSTEM + VERB
run

The system runs on this workstation.

crash, fail, go down

The entire computer system went down.

SYSTEM + NOUN
software
design
performance
administrator
failure
backup
reboot
PREPOSITION
in a/the system

faults in the data-processing system


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