department


department
department de‧part‧ment [dɪˈpɑːtmənt ǁ -ɑːr-] written abbreviation Dept. or dept. noun [countable]
1. ORGANIZATIONS one of the parts of a large organization such as a company or university where people do a particular kind of work:

• She heads the customer services department.

• the Department of Genetic Research

— see also Banking Department
bank ˈtrust deˌpartment BANKING ORGANIZATIONS
in the US, the part of a bank that deals with the money and property of people who have died, and manages other family financial matters
2. one of the parts that a government is divided into, which has a particular area of responsibility:

• the Department of Employment

• the Justice Department

3. a part of a large shop that sells a particular type of product:

• Joan works in the toy department.

4. one of the areas that some countries, for example France, are divided into
5. be somebody's department spoken to be something that a particular person is responsible for:

• Updating the website isn't really my department, ask Bill.

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department UK US /dɪˈpɑːtmənt/ noun [C] (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION dept)
MANAGEMENT one part of a large organization, such as a company or university, that deals with a particular area of work, business, study, etc.: »

run/manage a department

»

the sales/human resources/finance department

»

He was previously a lecturer in the pharmacy department of Queen's University.

»

a department director/supervisor

COMMERCE one part of a large store that sells many different types of goods: the book/electrical/menswear department »

She has a Saturday job in the footwear department of a large city centre store.

GOVERNMENT one part of a government that is responsible for a particular part of its work: »

the Department of Education/Health/Justice

be sb's department — Cf. be sb's department
See also BANK TRUST DEPARTMENT(Cf. ↑bank trust department)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

Synonyms:
, , (especially a territorial division), / , , , , , / , , (of a subject or notion)


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