Meaning of DEPARTMENT in English

de ‧ part ‧ ment S2 W1 /dɪˈpɑːtmənt $ -ɑːr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . one of the groups of people who work together in a particular part of a large organization such as a hospital, university, company, or government:

the personnel department

the English department

department of

the Department of the Environment

2 . an area in a large shop where a particular type of product is sold:

the toy department

3 . be sb’s department spoken if something is someone’s department, they are responsible for it or know a lot about it:

I’ll see what I can do, but it’s not really my department.

4 . spoken a particular part of someone’s character, or a particular part of a larger activity or subject:

Dave was lacking in the trustworthiness department.

—departmental /ˌdiːpɑːtˈmentl◂ $ -ɑːr-/ adjective :

a departmental meeting

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■ NOUN + department

▪ a government department

The Home Office is the government department responsible for prisons.

▪ a university department

University departments are generally judged by their research quality.

▪ the Biology/Maths/History etc department (=in a university or school)

the Chemistry department at Southampton University

▪ the finance/marketing/design etc department (=in a company)

He worked in the sales department of a small software company.

▪ the outpatient/casualty etc department (=in a hospital)

I had to go to the physiotherapy department for treatment twice a week.

■ department + NOUN

▪ a department head

These decisions are made by the department head.

▪ a department manager (=in a company)

After two years, he was promoted to the job of department manager.

▪ a department official (=in a government department)

a senior justice department official

▪ department staff (=people working in a department)

All department staff will be affected by the new working hours.

■ phrases

▪ the Department of Health/Trade/Education etc (=in a government)

the U.S. Department of Agriculture

▪ a member of a department (=a person working in a department)

All members of the Biology Department are actively committed to research.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.