sub·​de·​part·​ment ˌsəb-di-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce subdepartment (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-department
plural subdepartments also sub-departments
: a department (as of an organization) that is part of a larger department
The Counter Terrorism Bureau [of the New York City Police Department] takes on a more focused role, functioning as the department's think tank on terrorism prevention and overseeing various subdepartments such as the NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force.Brad Reagan

Examples of subdepartment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Justice, he was assigned to the Bureau of Investigation, then a relatively poky subdepartment known to the public, if it was known at all, for sniffing out violations of the 1910 Mann Act. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subdepartment was in 1798

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“Subdepartment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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