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department - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'department' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Department [ v. i.]
- Act of departing; departure.
- A part, portion, or subdivision.
- A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
- 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.
- 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.
- A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.

Meaning of 'department' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . department [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a specialized sphere of knowledge
Example in sentence:
  • baking is not my department;
  • his work established a new department of literature
Meaning (2):
- a specialized division of a large organization
Example in sentence:
  • she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury;
  • you'll find it in the hardware department