department
noun Etymology: French département, from Old French, act of dividing, from departir Date: 1735 1. a. a distinct sphere ; province <
that's not my department
>
b. a category consisting especially of a measurable activity or attribute <
lacking in the trustworthiness departmentGarrison Keillor
>
2. a functional or territorial division: as a. a major administrative division of a government b. a major territorial administrative subdivision c. a division of a college or school giving instruction in a particular subject d. a major division of a business e. a section of a department store handling a particular kind of merchandise f. a territorial subdivision made for the administration and training of military units • departmental adjectivedepartmentally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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


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