- department de‧part‧ment [dɪˈpɑːtmənt ǁ -ɑːr-] written abbreviation Dept. or dept. noun [countable]1. ORGANIZATIONS one of the parts of a large organization such as a company or university where people do a particular kind of work:
• She heads the customer services department.
• the Department of Genetic Research— see also Banking Departmentbank ˈtrust deˌpartment BANKING ORGANIZATIONSin the US, the part of a bank that deals with the money and property of people who have died, and manages other family financial matters2. one of the parts that a government is divided into, which has a particular area of responsibility:
• the Department of Employment
• the Justice Department3. a part of a large shop that sells a particular type of product:
• Joan works in the toy department.4. one of the areas that some countries, for example France, are divided into5. be somebody's department spoken to be something that a particular person is responsible for:
• Updating the website isn't really my department, ask Bill.
* * *department UK US /dɪˈpɑːtmənt/ noun [C] (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION dept)► MANAGEMENT one part of a large organization, such as a company or university, that deals with a particular area of work, business, study, etc.: »
run/manage a department»
the sales/human resources/finance department»
He was previously a lecturer in the pharmacy department of Queen's University.»
a department director/supervisor► COMMERCE one part of a large store that sells many different types of goods: the book/electrical/menswear department »
She has a Saturday job in the footwear department of a large city centre store.► GOVERNMENT one part of a government that is responsible for a particular part of its work: »
the Department of Education/Health/Justice● be sb's department — Cf. be sb's department
Financial and business terms. 2012.