department NOUN 1) a division of a large organization or building, dealing with a specific area of activity. 2) an administrative district in France and other countries. 3) (one's department) informal an area of special expertise or responsibility. 4) informal a specified aspect or quality: he was a bit lacking in the height department.
DERIVATIVES departmental adjective departmentalize (also departmentalise) verb departmentally adverb.

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  • departmentalize — (Amer.) de·part·men·tal·ize || ‚diːpɑːt mentÉ™laɪz v. separate into departments (also departmentalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • departmentalize — [dē΄pärt men′t līz΄, di pärt΄men′t līz΄] vt. departmentalized, departmentalizing to organize into departments; subdivide departmentalization n …   English World dictionary

  • departmentalize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: circa 1895 to divide into departments • departmentalization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • departmentalize — departmentalization, n. /di pahrt men tl uyz , dee pahrt /, v.t., departmentalized, departmentalizing. to divide into departments. Also, esp. Brit., departmentalise. [1895 1900; DEPARTMENTAL + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • departmentalize — verb To organize something into departments …   Wiktionary

  • departmentalize — de|part|men|ta|lize also departmentalise BrE [ˌdi:pa:tˈmentl aız US a:r ] v [T] to divide something into different departments …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • departmentalize — de·part·men·tal·ize …   English syllables

  • departmentalize — de•part•men•tal•ize [[t]dɪ pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌdi pɑrt [/t]] v. t. ized, iz•ing to divide into departments • Etymology: 1895–1900 de part•men tal•i•za′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • departmentalize — də̇ˌ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌīz, (ˌ)dēˌ transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) : to divide or form into departments a highly departmentalized school organization : handle according to departmental divisions departmentalizing the costs …   Useful english dictionary

  • departmentalize (departmentalise) — BrE verb (T) to divide something into different departments: Most large organizations are departmentalized …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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