What does DEPARTMENT mean?

Definitions for DEPARTMENT
dɪˈpɑrt məntDEPARTMENT

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. department, sectionnoun

    a specialized division of a large organization

    "you'll find it in the hardware department"; "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"

  2. departmentnoun

    the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)

  3. departmentnoun

    a specialized sphere of knowledge

    "baking is not my department"; "his work established a new department of literature"

Wiktionary

  1. departmentnoun

    A part, portion, or subdivision.

    Etymology: From département.

  2. departmentnoun

    A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.

    Etymology: From département.

  3. departmentnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From département.

  4. departmentnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From département.

  5. departmentnoun

    A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.

    Etymology: From département.

  6. departmentnoun

    Act of departing; departure.

    Etymology: From département.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Departmentverb

    act of departing; departure

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

  2. Departmentverb

    a part, portion, or subdivision

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

  3. Departmentverb

    a distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

  4. Departmentverb

    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 instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

  5. Departmentverb

    a territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

  6. Departmentverb

    a military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac

    Etymology: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Department

    Department is the name given to the administrative and political subdivisions of many countries. As a territorial unit, "department" was first used by the French Revolutionary governments, apparently to emphasize that each territory was simply an administrative sub-division of the united sovereign nation. This attempt to de-emphasize local political identity contrasts strongly with countries which are divided into "states". Today, departments may exist either with or without a representative assembly and executive head depending upon the countries' constitutional and administrative structure. The United States used this designation for the "Department of Alaska" during the early period of US rule in Alaska.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Department

    de-pärt′ment, n. a part: a separate part of business or duty: a section of the administration: a division of a country, esp. of France.—adj. Department′al.—adv. Department′ally.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Department

    a territorial division in France instituted in 1790, under which the old division into provinces was broken up; each department, of which there are now 87, is broken up into arrondissements.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. department

    A term by which the divisions in the public services are distinguished, as the civil, the commissariat, the military, the naval, the victualling, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. department

    A facet of a business, company, enterprise, organization or form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government with a specific purpose.

    The department had all the resources and income that they needed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEPARTMENT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #531

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEPARTMENT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #875

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEPARTMENT' in Nouns Frequency: #153

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEPARTMENT in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEPARTMENT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of DEPARTMENT in a Sentence

  1. Mayor John Lemoine:

    There's a split in the police department, we have officers that are loyal to the chief and some that aren't. And I think we all need to get on the same page to prevent things.

  2. Patrick Kron:

    We are in the final phase of negotiation with the U.S. Department of Justice, if a settlement is found, which we expect in the near future, the Department of Justice should require that any fine remains the liability of Alstom and cannot even partly be transferred to GE.

  3. Brian Fallon:

    As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Justice Department's security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed.

  4. Sheldon Whitehouse:

    I think it's not only wrong, i think it's really low. This is a woman who has worked in the Department of Justice under Republican and Democratic administrations without blemish for 27 years.

  5. Kristen Breitweiser:

    It’s not pleasant for 9/11 families to have our biggest sources of opposition to come from our White House and our State Department but, adding to that, a lot of the lobbying firms the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has hired are run by well-entrenched former elected officials, or by those from the Armed Services or other leadership positions, and frankly it’s bipartisan and a big problem.

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