What does department mean?

Definitions for department
dɪˈpɑrt məntde·part·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word department.

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.

  2. departmentnoun

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

  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.

  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.

  5. departmentnoun

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

  6. departmentnoun

    Act of departing; departure.

  7. Etymology: From département.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Departmentnoun

    Separate allotment; province or business assigned to a particular person.

    Etymology: department, French.

    The Roman fleets, during their command at sea, had their several stations and departments: the most considerable was the Alexandrian fleet, and the second was the African. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Departmentverb

    act of departing; departure

  2. Departmentverb

    a part, portion, or subdivision

  3. Departmentverb

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

  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

  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

  6. Departmentverb

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

  7. 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. Robert Stokes:

    You look around and see unemployment. Filling out job applications and being turned down because of where you live and your demographic. It's so much bigger than the police department.

  2. Neal Katyal:

    Justice Department's totally inconsistent with the special counsel regulations, which are all about, at their heart, providing public confidence in the administration of the rule of law.

  3. Jang Il Hun:

    We also demanded that in case the conference is enforced as scheduled then we had to participate ... as a party directly concerned, i sent a formal request to my counterpart in the State Department and he responded that it's not a U.S. government event. So it means our request was denied.

  4. Tony Bennett:

    ( Virginia President Jim Ryan) and Carla( Carla Williams) were very gracious in what Virginia President Jim Ryan -RRB- offered to me as a potential contract, but I have a very good contract, i have more than enough, and if there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much( in men's basketball), that's my desire.

  5. Clare Lopez:

    Instead, State Department hired a company that does n’t have employees, which then hired terrorists. think about it : State Department actually hired the very people who, along with their jihadist allies in Benghazi, attacked us and killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith as well as CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Ty Woods.

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