A system is a method, a way of doing things, a structure, or a form of organization:

  • I have a system in place for organizing paperwork.
  • Our company has a unique system of accounting.
  • Have you ever used the highway transportation system in the United States?
  • A sprinkler system keeps a lawn watered on a regular basis.
  • Your body’s respiratory system takes in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide.
  • The political system in the United States is dominated by Democrats and Republicans.
  • Some acidic food does not agree with my system. (This is what you might hear a person say when talking about food or drink that causes digestive problems.)
  • The solar system is the collection of planets that orbit the sun.

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In some cases the word "system" is used when expressing unhappiness or criticism of established norms in society:

  • You can’t beat the system.
  • Don’t let the system get you down.
  • We’re all at the mercy of the system.
  • Protestors gathered to voice their opposition to the system.

The word "systematic" is an adjective:

  • Rodney takes a systematic approach to everything that he does.
  • A systematic review of work completed helps to improve quality at our company.
  • Continuous improvement is systematically embedded within our organization. (The word "systematically" is an adverb.)

Learn more vocabulary here.

May 25, 2018