di·​rec·​tor·​ate | \ də-ˈrek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce directorate (audio) , dī-\

Definition of directorate

1 : the office of director
2a : a board of directors (as of a corporation)
b : membership on a board of directors
3 : an executive staff (as of a department)

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Safa Hassan al-Dulaimi – the head of the directorate of passports in the southern Iraqi province of Babil – was assassinated in broad daylight on his way home. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "More Iranians 'buying' passports in other countries to evade U.S travel ban, sanctions," 29 Aug. 2018 Altogether, Trump has not nominated individuals to 185 ambassadorships, directorates and other high-level posts in his administration, all political jobs that require Senate nomination, according to data kept by the Partnership for Public Service. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land," 3 July 2018 According to the allegations in the indictment, the defendants work for two units of the main intelligence directorate of the Russian general staff known as the GRU. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Rod Rosenstein announces Russian indictments: “Blame for election interference belongs to the criminals”," 13 July 2018 FEMA’s assistant administrator of the recovery directorate, Keith Turi, explained the housing program’s background during arguments. Sarah Betancourt, The Seattle Times, "Judge to decide on order blocking Puerto Rican evictions," 2 July 2018 Both divisions have been folded into the agency’s new directorate of operations. Washington Post, "Health and Human Services chief leaves hospital after overnight stay for treatment of infection," 17 Apr. 2018 The atmosphere at the directorate is more sterile than a U.S. gun store or pawnshop. Kate Linthicum,, "There is only one gun store in all of Mexico. So why is gun violence soaring?," 24 May 2018 Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, says two other people were wounded in Sunday's attack on a building belonging to the provincial finance directorate in the provincial capital, Jalalabad. Fox News, "Militants attack Afghan government building, 1 dead," 13 May 2018 Metzger, who confirmed the cancellation to The Verge, speculates the trouble started when the mission was transferred to a different directorate within NASA. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA scraps a lunar surface mission — just as it’s supposed to focus on a Moon return," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of directorate

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of directorate

: a group of managers who control a company or corporation : a board of directors
: a group of people who are in charge of a program or department


di·​rec·​tor·​ate | \ də-ˈrek-tə-rət, dī- How to pronounce directorate (audio) \

Legal Definition of directorate

1 : a board of directors (as of a corporation)
2 : membership on a board of directors

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