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)

Examples of directorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within that total, an unspecified amount would go to a new directorate to foster emerging technologies needed to help the country out-innovate the rest of the world. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Biden’s first budget request goes big on science," 9 Apr. 2021 The second major directorate is response and resilience. CBS News, "Deputy homeland security adviser Russ Travers on terrorist threats - "Intelligence Matters"," 14 Apr. 2021 Last year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–NY) introduced the Endless Frontier Act, which would give NSF $100 billion over 5 years and create a technology directorate. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Biden proposes $250 billion investment in research," 31 Mar. 2021 This ambitious legislation would establish a new technology directorate within the National Science Foundation. William A. Galston, WSJ, "America Wakes Up to the China Threat," 9 Mar. 2021 The Office of the Secretary of Defense extremism initiative consisted of briefers from the FBI and a Pentagon intelligence directorate member giving presentations before dividing the group into small discussion sections. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Extremism discussions a ‘first step’ as Pentagon wary of policy changes after Capitol riot," 30 Mar. 2021 The House proposal would also scale back the size of the new directorate, which under EFA would grow to $35 billion by 2024. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "House panel offers its plan to double NSF budget and create technology directorate," 26 Mar. 2021 In recent months, the directorate’s Twitter account has become some of the most titillating reading in Kenya. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenyan police are using Twitter to become known as crime fighters, not killers," 1 Mar. 2021 The directorate would fund undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate scholarship as well as university centers and incentives for moving technology from the laboratory to the market. William A. Galston, WSJ, "America Wakes Up to the China Threat," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of directorate

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Directorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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