department

A department is one section or part of a larger group, like a company or a school. The philosophy department of a university is just one of many, including English, math, and sociology.

Your local hospital has an emergency department, as well as surgical and mental health departments, or units. A company might have finance departments and hiring departments, and a town government has public works and fire departments. A "department store" is likewise split into sections. In each case, the departments specialize in one certain aspect of the organization. You can also say, "Making cookies is my department," if you're the person in your family who's the baking expert.

Definitions of department
  1. noun
    a specialized division of a large organization
    “you'll find it in the hardware department
    synonyms: section
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    academic department
    a division of a school that is responsible for a given subject
    business department
    a division of a business firm
    personnel, personnel department, personnel office, staff office
    the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management
    government department
    a department of government
    payroll, payroll department
    the department that determines the amounts of wage or salary due to each employee
    security, security department
    a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers
    ministry
    a government department under the direction of a minister
    anthropology department, department of anthropology
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in anthropology
    art department
    the academic department responsible for teaching art and art appreciation
    biology department, department of biology
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in biology
    chemistry department, department of chemistry
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in chemistry
    department of computer science
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in computer science
    department of economics, economics department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in economics
    English department, department of English
    the academic department responsible for teaching English and American literature
    department of history, history department
    the academic department responsible for teaching history
    department of linguistics, linguistics department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in linguistics
    department of mathematics, mathematics department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in mathematics
    department of philosophy, philosophy department
    the academic department responsible for teaching philosophy
    department of physics, physics department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in physics
    department of music, music department
    the academic department responsible for teaching music and music appreciation
    department of psychology, psychology department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in psychology
    department of sociology, sociology department
    the academic department responsible for teaching and research in sociology
    advertising department, advertising division
    the division of a business that is responsible for advertising
    editorial department
    the department of a publishing business that edits material for publication
    parts department
    the division of a business (e.g. a service garage) that sells replacement parts
    building department, plant department
    the division of a business responsible for building and maintaining the physical plant
    purchasing department
    the division of a business that is responsible for purchases
    sales department, sales division, sales force
    the division of a business that is responsible for selling products or services
    service department
    the division of a business that provides customer services
    treasury
    the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues
    department of local government, local department
    a permanent department created to perform the work of a local government
    Special Branch
    a government police department dealing with political security
    State Department
    a department of government in one of the 50 states
    department of the federal government, federal department, federal office
    a department of the federal government of the United States
    admiralty
    the department in charge of the navy (as in Great Britain)
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    division
    an administrative unit in government or business
  2. noun
    the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
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    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
  3. noun
    a specialized sphere of knowledge
    “baking is not my department
    “his work established a new department of literature”
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    sector, sphere
    a particular aspect of life or activity
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