Complete Definition of "department"

English

Pronunciation
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Noun
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  1. A part, portion, or subdivision.
  2. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.

#:*Superior to Pope in Pope's own peculiar department of literature. Macaulay.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
  4. obsolete Act of departing; departure.

#:*Sudden departments from one extreme to another. Wotton.

Translations
German: Abteilung f (3)
Hebrew: ××××§× (makhlaqa) f (3)
Spanish: departamento m (4), sección f (1)

Derived terms
departmental
departmentally

See also
province
state

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