hierarchy noun

ADJ. complex | rigid, strict the rigid class hierarchy of rural society | administrative, bureaucratic, corporate, management, managerial, organizational | class, social | church, ecclesiastical | party, political high up in the party hierarchy | military

VERB + HIERARCHY create, establish A new management hierarchy was created within the company. | move up, rise in/through He joined the party in 1966 and quickly moved up the hierarchy.

PREP. in a/the ~ She is above me in the hierarchy. | within a/the ~ There was a range of opinion within the ecclesiastical hierarchy on the issue. | ~ of There was a clear hierarchy of power in the company.

PHRASES sb's level/position/status in a hierarchy