Department meaning

dĭ-pärtmənt
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A territorial division; a district; especially, in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes.
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An administrative district in France.
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A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
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A distinct, usually specialized division of a large organization, especially:
  • A principal administrative division of a government.
    The department of public works.
  • A division of a business specializing in a particular product or service.
    The personnel department.
  • A division of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge.
    The physics department.
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A specialized column or section appearing regularly in a periodical.
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The definition of a department is a specific division, building, organization or field of knowledge.

An example of a department is a faculty group, building and program dedicated to the subject of English in a college.

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One of the principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a cabinet officer.
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A section of a department store selling a particular line of merchandise.

The home furnishings department.

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A unit of a warship's crew, organized by function, such as gunnery or engineering.
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An area of particular knowledge or responsibility; a specialty.

Getting the kids to bed is my department.

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A separate part, division, or branch, as of a government, business, or school.

The police department, the accounting department, the history department.

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A field of knowledge or activity.

Rewriting is his department.

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An administrative district in France, Greece, or certain Latin American countries.
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A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.

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Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instructions; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
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Origin of department

  • French département from Old French separation from departir to divide depart

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French département.

    From Wiktionary