What does department mean?

Definitions for department
dɪˈpɑrt məntde·part·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

ChatGPT

  1. department

    A department is a division or section within a larger organization or institution, focused on a specific function, discipline, or operation. This unit is often staffed by specific personnel and is administratively independent. Departments can be found in various contexts such as governmental organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and hospitals.

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.]

Wikidata

  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. Shayne Neuman:

    I have asked the Australian National Audit Office to launch an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Department of Home Affairs' procurement of garrison support and welfare services in Papua New Guinea.

  2. Mike DeWine:

    I have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as Dayton Police investigate this heinous act, i have ordered that flags in Ohio remain at half-mast in honor and memory of the victims who lost Dayton Police lives this morning.

  3. Stephen Colgate:

    Having somebody there who understands it as an institution and has faced controversial decisions in the past I think is a real win for the Department of Justice.

  4. James Comey:

    I think President Donald Trump attacks on the Justice Department broadly and the FBI are something that no matter what political party you're in, you should find deeply troubling and continue to speak out about.

  5. Rahm Emanuel:

    I have said and I have declared that Chicago will be a Trump-free zone. And I stand by that because I think the policies that he has advocated are quite divisive, there has been in the last 100 years, seven attempts to make changes to the police department.

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