What does department mean?

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dɪˈpɑrt məntde·part·ment

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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. Christina Morris:

    Christina Morris family said in a statement released ona Facebook page dedicated to helping to find Christina Morris. Christina Morris was last seen on Aug. 30, 2014. ( Facebook) WOMAN, 2 MEN DEAD IN ILLINOIS HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING Investigators with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Anna Police Department and Plano Police Department are expected to return to the scene Thursday to continue collecting evidence, according to FOX 4. Lt. Nick Bristow with Collin County Sheriff Office said the remains were transferred to the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office for a positive identification. Human remains found Wednesday in Anna, Texas may be from Christina Morris, who was reported missing in August 2014. ( FOX4) Lekita McMillan who lives in the area where the remains were discovered, told FOX 4 on Wednesday Christina Morris felt heartbroken. I feel their grief.

  2. The Sun Sentinel:

    Your job is to represent Floridians in the Senate. Either do your job, Sen. Rubio, or resign it. two weeks ago, you took to the Senate floor to excoriate federal workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to do their jobs. You said, 'there is really no other job in the country where if you don't do your job, you don't get fired,'.

  3. Anthony Rigozzi:

    They will have used meat out and just hang it back up after the health department tells them to take it down, they will put it right back up as soon as they leave. When contacted by WWMT, Su Casa’s owner Edgar Suarez admitted that he does in fact re-serve food—but he just didn’t know any better.

  4. Health System CEO Gerald Cayer:

    We are unable to safely staff the service after September 24. The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital. It is my hope that the Department of Health will work with us in support of pausing the service rather than closing the maternity department.

  5. Curt Hagman:

    Ontario International is one of the repatriation airports for the West Coast and we are always prepared to receive our citizens abroad in times of emergencies, we were prepared but The Department of State decided to switch the flight to March Air Force Base for logistics that they have.

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