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departmentnoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /dɪˈpɑːt.mənt/  us   /dɪˈpɑːrt.mənt/ (written abbreviation dept)
A2 a ​part of an ​organization such as a ​school, ​business, or ​government that ​deals with a ​particulararea of ​study or ​work: the ​chemistry department/the department ofchemistry The ​sales department is/are having a ​Christmasparty this ​week. the Department of Health and Social Security

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(Definition of department from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"department" in American English

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departmentnoun [C]

 us   /dɪˈpɑrt·mənt/ (abbreviation dept.)
any of the ​divisions or ​parts of esp. a ​school, ​business, or ​government: Chavez is the ​head of the ​geography department. The ​shoe department is on the fifth ​floor. She ​lives in Washington and ​works for the Department of Defense. fig.infml I ​thoughtbuying the ​tickets was ​your department (= ​area of ​responsibility).
departmental
adjective [not gradable]  us   /dɪˌpɑrtˈmen·təl, ˌdi-/
a departmental ​meeting
(Definition of department from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"department" in Business English

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departmentnoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈpɑːtmənt/ ( written abbreviation dept)
MANAGEMENT one ​part of a large ​organization, such as a ​company or university, that ​deals with a particular ​area of ​work, ​business, ​study, etc.: run/​manage a department the ​sales/​humanresources/​finance department He was previously a lecturer in the ​pharmacy department of Queen's University. a department ​director/​supervisor
COMMERCE one ​part of a large ​store that ​sells many different ​types of ​goods: the book/electrical/menswear department She has a Saturday ​job in the ​footwear department of a large city ​centrestore.
GOVERNMENT one ​part of a ​government that is ​responsible for a particular ​part of its ​work: the Department of Education/Health/​Justice
be sb's department informal
to be something that a particular ​person knows a lot about or is ​responsible for: You'll need to ​ask Joe about that - it's more his departmant than mine.
(Definition of department from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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