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  ( hierarchies    plural  )
1       n-var   A hierarchy is a system of organizing people into different ranks or levels of importance, for example in society or in a company.  
usu with supp  
Like most other American companies with a rigid hierarchy, workers and managers had strictly defined duties...     
2       n-count-coll   The hierarchy of an organization such as the Church is the group of people who manage and control it.  
with supp  
3       n-count   A hierarchyof ideas and beliefs involves organizing them into a system or structure.  
FORMAL   usu N of n  
...the notion of `cultural imperialism' implies a hierarchy of cultures, some of which are stronger than others.     
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grading, pecking order, ranking  

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something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
something that is bottom-up originates among the lower-ranking members of a hierarchy and moves upwards to affect those higher up
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
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