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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Meanwhile, the National Security Association director and Cyber Command chief, Gen. Paul Nakasone, created a new cybersecurity directorate focused on election security. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Election security divides Congress after Mueller’s testimony," 25 July 2019 The directorate participated in less than 10 such exercises last year and even fewer so far this year, according to internal Homeland Security documents. Los Angeles Times, "Times Investigation: Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction," 18 July 2019 Gerstenmaier had been associate administrator in charge of the human operations and exploration directorate since 2005. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion," 11 July 2019 The budget of the religious directorate, the agency responsible for the conduct of sermons in the country’s mosques, has grown by leaps and bounds, overtaking several ministries in the process. P.z. | Istanbul, The Economist, "In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation," 1 July 2019 Things spilled over into March when sector regulator directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA), along with counterparts in many countries, grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft due to safety concerns. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Donald Trump’s Iran threat is the last problem Indian flyers want to deal with," 25 June 2019 As a result, the Senate mark of $6.556 billion for NSF research programs, including the geosciences, matches the House’s mark of $6.651 billion available for NSF’s six research directorates. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "U.S. legislators back larger facilities budget for NSF," 18 June 2018 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

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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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