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department

de·part·ment

department

 
pronunciation:
dih part mnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a subdivision of a larger organization or system, such as a government or business.
the science department of a schoolthe camera department in a large store
synonyms:
division, office
similar words:
agency, arm, branch, bureau, section, sector, subdivision
definition 2: (informal) an area of responsibility or control.
Paying the bills is your department.
synonyms:
business, province, responsibility
similar words:
arena, bailiwick, field, jurisdiction, lookout, realm, scene, sphere, station, territory, turf
derivations: departmental (adj.), departmentally (adv.)
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The word department contains the following part:
-ment Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or instance of
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The suffix -ment attaches to Latin verb roots (e.g., doc, reg, sed) or to English verbs of Latin origin to form nouns.