Definition of departmentalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˌpärtˈmen(t)lˌīz/


[with object] (usually be departmentalized)
Divide (an organization or its work) into departments.
Example sentences
  • We can try to departmentalize our lives, but it's impossible.
  • He hopes this will lead to more cross over between the commercial and editorial teams: ‘Gone are the days when newspaper groups are departmentalised.’
  • Typical is the introduction of ‘flow manufacturing,’ through which a highly departmentalised organisation becomes a one-process organisation, with the aim of increasing productivity and profitability levels.



Pronunciation: /dəˌpärtˌmen(t)ləˈzāSHən/ /dēˌpärtˌmen(t)ləˈzāSHən/ /dəˌpärtˌmen(t)līˈzāSHən/ /dēˌpärtˌmen(t)līˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Another popular new development is middle-school departmentalization, in which students have different teachers for different subjects, as is the case in public middle schools.
  • He was the elected deputy in the years 1932-1946 - the last year of his service being the year that departmentalization was enacted.
  • Professors of women's studies are anxious about institutionalization, departmentalization, and teaching evaluations, she said.

Words that rhyme with departmentalize

monumentalize, occidentalize, orientalize, segmentalize, transcendentalize
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