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Definition of Department


  1. Act of departing; departure.
  2. A part, portion, or subdivision.
  3. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
  4. Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
  5. A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.
  6. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.

Department Quotations

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
Shirley Temple

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Andrew Carnegie

I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five people that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.
Joseph R. McCarthy

As a multisport athlete, I was always fascinated with competition and how to win. At HBS and later at the Harvard Department of Economics, I was drawn to the field of competition and strategy because it tackles perhaps the most basic question in both business management and industrial economics: What determines corporate performance?
Michael Porter

I'm the kind of person who likes to create the environment and mindset - not because I do it deliberately, but because that's how I like to live - where, from catering to makeup to hair to wardrobe, electricians, camera department lighting, sound, you know, it's our movie; we're together, and we have that camaraderie and that closeness.
Steve McQueen
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Department Translations

department in Afrikaans is afdeling, vak, departement
department in Danish is afdeling
department in Dutch is departement
department in Finnish is lokero
department in German is Ressort {n}, Abteilung {f], Gebiet {n}
department in Italian is compartimento, area
department in Norwegian is avdeling, departement
department in Portuguese is departamento
department in Spanish is seccion, recinto
department in Swedish is avdelning, varuhus, departement
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