Department of State

noun phrase

: the part of the U.S. government that is responsible for how the U.S. deals with other countries

Examples of Department of State in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the beta, the US Department of State is intentionally limiting how many people can apply each day, and Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel tells me that’s why my turnaround time was so quick. Sean Hollister, The Verge, 3 July 2024 The delays in reporting congenital syphilis information to the Department of State Health Services were one of multiple problems Buchanan identified. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 July 2024 Some of her photography also lives in permanent collections in the U.S. Embassy, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State. Sarah Title, Peoplemag, 30 June 2024 Bowers, along with artists like Lainey Wilson and Breland, were announced as U.S. Global Music Ambassadors earlier this week, an initiative overseen by the U.S. Department of State and YouTube. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2024 The Bahamas has been under a level 2 advisory by the U.S. Department of State since late January. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 26 June 2024 The House Rules Committee will meet to take up hundreds of amendments to three appropriations bills: Homeland Security; Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and the Department of Defense bills. Alec Dent, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 The Department of State is responsible for determining whether candidates are qualified to run for office, while the local elections department prepares the ballots and oversees the voting process. Aaron Leibowitz, Miami Herald, 25 June 2024 Mark Ard, a spokesman for the Department of State, did not respond to a request for comment about the decision. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 24 June 2024

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“Department of State.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

Department of State

federal executive division responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy. It is the president's principal means of conducting treaty negotiations and effecting agreements with foreign nations. Under its control are the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, seven bureaus of political affairs, the U.S. Foreign Service (including 270 embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions, and numerous subagencies), and various offices of diplomatic security, foreign intelligence, policy analysis, international narcotics control, protocol, and passport and medical services. The department's legal adviser advises the secretary of state on all matters of international law arising in the conduct of foreign relations.
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