Definition of department
1a : a distinct sphere : province that's not my departmentb : a category consisting especially of a measurable activity or attribute lacking in the trustworthiness department — Garrison Keillor
2 : a functional or territorial division: such asa : a major administrative division of a governmentb : a major territorial administrative subdivisionc : a division of a college or school giving instruction in a particular subjectd : a major division of a businesse : a section of a department store handling a particular kind of merchandisef : a territorial subdivision made for the administration and training of military units
departmentalplay \di-ˌpärt-ˈmen-təl, ˌdē-\ adjective
departmentallyplay \-tə-lē\ adverb
Examples of department in a Sentence
Your letter has been forwarded to our sales department.
When you get to the hospital, go directly to the X-ray department.
the university's math and science departments
the department of modern languages
She joined the town's police department.
Recent Examples of department from the Web
Another yardstick: Animal Services euthanized 274 pets from Jan. 1 through April 30, compared with 366 for the same period of 2016 and 394 through April 30, 2015, according to figures provided by department spokeswoman Erica Coghill.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been touting a study put out by his department that shows premiums have doubled since Obamacare went into effect.
The detective from the police department in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming is a member of the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Organizers must fill out an online application with the health department.
With the change by the city, the public works department will reach out to parents who contacted the city and the Glendale Unified school district with their concerns.
In 2015, the state developmental services department had issued its own alert about the potential dangers of such infections and recommended preventive measures.
The following items were taken from area police department reports and news releases.
The reports were never translated, a revelation that prompted the police department to remind staff members that they were required to transcribe and translate such reports.
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Origin and Etymology of department
French département, from Old French, act of dividing, from departir
First Known Use: 1735See Words from the same year
DEPARTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of department for English Language Learners
: one of the major parts of a company, organization, government, or school
: an area in a store where a particular kind of product is sold
: a subject or activity that a person is interested in or responsible for
DEPARTMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of department for Students
: a special part or division of an organization (as a government or college)
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