department Definition

a division of a large organization such as a government, university, or business, dealing with a specific area of activity.

Using department: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "department" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The marketing department is responsible for promoting the company's products.

  • Example

    I work in the finance department of a multinational corporation.

  • Example

    The department of education oversees the country's schools and universities.

  • Example

    The hospital has a separate department for pediatrics.

department Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for department

Idioms Using department

  • go out of (one's) department

    to do something outside of one's area of expertise or responsibility


    I'm sorry, I can't help you with that issue. It's out of my department.

  • the person in charge of a particular department within an organization


    The head of the marketing department is responsible for developing and implementing the company's advertising strategy.

  • in the category or area of


    This book falls in the department of science fiction.

Phrases with department

  • a department within a company that deals with customers' inquiries, complaints, and other requests


    If you have any issues with your order, please contact our customer service department.

  • human resources department

    a department within a company that deals with recruitment, training, and management of employees


    The human resources department is responsible for hiring new staff and organizing training sessions.

  • a department within a company that focuses on developing new products or improving existing ones


    The research and development department is working on a new line of eco-friendly products.

Origins of department

from Old French 'departement', meaning 'division, sharing out'


Summary: department in Brief

The term 'department' [dɪˈpɑːtmənt] refers to a specific area of activity within a large organization, such as a government or business. It can be used to describe divisions like 'marketing department' or 'human resources department,' as well as idioms like 'go out of (one's) department,' meaning to do something outside of one's area of expertise.

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