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 In a statement, Ukraine’s main intelligence directorate said that 95 defenders of the Azovstal steel factory, including 43 from the Azov regiment, had been released during the exchange. Michael Schwirtz,, 29 June 2022 Others wondered why the directorate of criminal investigations never arrested the people behind the sale of government property. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 12 July 2022 Matt Brannen, who heads up the Indo-Pacific directorate of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, the U.S. body tasked with finding the war missing. CBS News, 18 May 2022 But Sergei Rudskoi, who heads the general staff’s operational directorate, pointedly refused to rule out an all-out assault on Kyiv or other major Ukrainian cities. Tribune News Service, al, 26 Mar. 2022 Although lots of the interest in UFOs is anything but scientific, NASA is putting this initiative in its Science Mission Directorate, and Thomas Zurbuchen, the head of that directorate, took part in a press call announcing it. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 9 June 2022 In the aftermath of this year’s protests, President Iván Duque announced several reforms, including the creation of a human rights directorate within the police. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s intelligence directorate said in a Saturday statement that Russian officers were being moved from combat positions and sent to protect a Russian military parade being planned in Mariupol. New York Times, 7 May 2022 The House bill provides $13.3 billion over five years to a new directorate for science and engineering solutions. CBS News, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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