Definition of “department” - English Dictionary

“department” in British English

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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 particular area of study or work:

the chemistry department/the department of chemistry
The sales department is/are having a Christmas party this week.
the Department of Health and Social Security

one of the areas that France is divided into, that has its own local government:

Angers is the capital of the department of Maine-et-Loire.

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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 thought buying 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 /dɪˈpɑːtmənt/ us 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/human resources/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 centre store.

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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