V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an organization of a group of people or things, arranged according to rank or importance; 2. the people who determine and run a hierarchy ranking system, especially in the clergy

Synonyms: ranking, order, level, regime, ministry, administration, office


Tips: Hierarchy sometimes carries with it a negative connotation, especially when referring to the group responsible for ranking, but it is not always critical. It essentailly refers to a ranking system, in order of importance or prominance.

Usage Examples:

He hopes to rise through the hierarchy quickly and become a manager at a young age. (ranking)

If you want to get a permit, you will have to appeal to the appropriate department in the hierarchy. (administration, office)

If you put honesty first in your hierarchy of values, you can never go wrong in life. (rank, order)

It's amazing to see the different hierarchies created in the animal kingdom. (ranks, orders, levels of importance)

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