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Meaning of department by Wiktionary Dictionary

department


    Etymology

    From French département .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈpɑː( ɹ )tmənt/

    Noun

    department ( plural: departments )

    1. A part, portion, or subdivision .
    2. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province .
    3. 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. 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. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac .
    6. ( obsolete ) Act of departing; departure .

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Explanation of department by Wordnet Dictionary

department


    Noun
    1. a specialized sphere of knowledge

    2. baking is not my department
      his work established a new department of literature
    3. a specialized division of a large organization

    4. you'll find it in the hardware department
    5. the territorial and administrative division of some countries ( such as France )



    Definition of department by GCIDE Dictionary

    department


    1. Department n. [F. département, fr. départir. See Depart, v. i.]
      1. Act of departing; departure. [Obs.]

      Sudden departments from one extreme to another. Wotton.

      2. A part, portion, or subdivision.

      3. 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.

      4. 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. 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. A military subdivision of a country; as, “the Department of the Potomac”.