Definition of cadre in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdə, ˈkɑːdr(ə)
, ˈkadri


1A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession: a cadre of professional managers
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  • The institute will also have to train a cadre of dedicated rehabilitation professionals, who can work within the interdisciplinary team and help disabled people navigate the resource maze.
  • The enormity of biological resources makes a case for raising a whole cadre of highly trained professionals for inventorisation, characterisation and documentation.
  • There is an enormous challenge in training a cadre of highly qualified professionals to fuel development and address the challenges confronting the continent.
small group, body, team, corps;
core, nucleus, key group
2 /also ˈkeɪdə/ A group of activists in a communist or other revolutionary organization: he was an activist in the cadre
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  • He thus appears to remain sufficiently light on his feet to duck frequent fights with his wives, his business competitors, criminal gangs and communist cadres.
  • They relate personal accounts of food aid being distributed to the communist cadre or to the military.
  • The bosses and [Communist Party] cadres have it easy, they don't have to work overtime.
2.1A member of an activist group: two young cadres were elected to the politburo
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  • Some suggest that younger generation cadres in the leadership circle would be pragmatic in orientation and make significant changes to state policies if they came to power.
  • The ex-second of the organization is already ostentatiously isolated, and the chairman of the party entered power with younger cadres from the movement.
  • Young cadres, some as young as 16, were struggling with bamboo pens to write posters for tomorrow's rally.


mid 19th century: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrus 'square'.

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