Definition of department in English:

department

Line breaks: de¦part|ment
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɑːtm(ə)nt
 
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noun

1A division of a large organization such as a government, university, or business, dealing with a specific area of activity: the council’s finance department
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  • He left to join the finance department of Monklands Council, and found himself drawn into trade union work.
  • They came from five departments of the University of Vienna and one department of the University of Salzburg.
  • This door in the terraced row led to the history department of the university, or at least the offices for the staff.
Synonyms
division, section, sector, subsection, subdivision, unit, branch, arm, wing, segment, compartment; office, bureau, agency, ministry
1.1An administrative district in France and other countries: the turnout was particularly low in rural departments
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  • The occupation of the north-eastern departments of France throughout the war also helped to prolong this consensus.
  • Federal departments in France, Germany, China, and even the US have adopted Linux servers.
  • The country is divided into six departments containing eighty-four districts.
Synonyms
district, administrative district, canton, province, territory, state, county, shire, parish; region, area, zone, sector, division
archaic demesne
1.2 (one's department) informal An area of special expertise or responsibility: that’s not my department
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  • I think Lyn needs to take a long look in the mirror before proclaiming herself an expert in this department.
  • Ponting himself is relishing the responsibility because he has had a chequered past in that department.
  • And the Aussies, the world's sledging experts, reckon he is a soft touch in that department.
Synonyms
domain, territory, realm, province, preserve, jurisdiction, sphere, sphere of activity, area, area of interest, field, line, speciality, specialism; area of responsibility, responsibility, duty, function, business, affair, charge, task, occupation, job, concern
informal pigeon, baby, bag, thing, bailiwick, turf
1.3 [with modifier] informal A specified aspect or quality: he was a bit lacking in the height department
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  • In the rhythm department bassist Jeff Halsey was unflappable and clearly has much to offer.
  • Political power and share in authority does affect every department and aspect of life.
  • And if you think that a car with no metal chassis has to be suspect in the strength department think again.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French departement, from departir (see depart). The original sense was 'division or distribution', later 'separation', hence 'a separate part' (core sense, mid 18th century).

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