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noun agency, area, assignment, branch, bureau, categorization, category, chapter, class, designation, district, division, domain, field, field of activity, jurisdiction, ministry, munus, pars, part, precinct, province, provincia, realm, section, sector, specialty, sphere, station, subdivision, subsection, zone
Associated concepts: department of government, departtent of state, department rules and regulations, executive department, judicial department, legislative department, municipal department
See also: agency, bailiwick, board, bureau, chapter, commission, district, division, domain, member, occupation, organ, post, province, pursuit, purview, realm, role, section, sphere

DEPARTMENT. A portion of a country. In France, the country is divided into departments, which are somewhat similar to the counties in this country. The United States have been divided into military departments, including certain portions of the country. 1 Pet. 293.
     2. By department is also meant the division of authority, as, the department of state, of the navy, &c.

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Our monthly financial statements are intended to inform the organization about our financial performance and serve as a tool for gaining knowledge about what each department thinks is going to happen in the immediate future.
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