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bureau

noun administration, administrative unit, agency, authority, board, branch, commission, committee, department, division, ministry, office, specialized administraaive unit, specialized unit
See also: agency, board, chapter, commission, committee, department, facility, firm, institution, management, office, organ

BUREAU. A French word, which literally means a large writing table. It is used figuratively for the place where business is transacted: it has been borrowed by us, and used in nearly the same sense; as, the bureau of the secretary of state. Vide Merl. Repert. h. t.

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Keeping fast hold of Magdalen's arm with one hand, he took the letter from her with the other, put it back into the open drawer, and locked the bureau.
The veteran (breathing very hard over it) steadied himself on both elbows against the slanting top of the bureau, and from that commanding position addressed Magdalen once more.
She rose, and tried to take the candle from the bureau, but old Mazey's cunning hand was too quick for her.
The rules for obtaining and providing information to credit bureaus and a form of a contract with banks and the NBCOs are also being prepared.
Management Team from Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB), the governmental company specialized in providing credit reports and information in the UAE, recently made visits to the Saudi Credit Bureau (SIMAH) and Qatar Credit Bureau to exchange ideas and experience, and discuss plans of credit bureaus in the region.
Secretary of State Rice announced her intention to reorganize the Department of State Arms Control and International Security bureaus to better address the modern threat from weapons of mass destruction.
Those offices comprise the Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus (CCBBB), a subsidiary of the (original) Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) in the United States.
Key in the plan is the creation of three bureaus that focus on Bratton's promises to battle gang crime, implement reforms and make the city the ``safest large city in America.
The bureau was once recognized as one of the mainstay bureaus of the Foreign Ministry as it was largely responsible for debates on the Japan-U.
The bureau], in turn, referred me to the three main credit bureaus [to investigate] the discrepancies.
Meanwhile, members of county Farm Bureaus throughout Ohio worked with local stores and the Ohio Grocers Association to help promote the message of Food Check-Out Day.
And similar cases have been filed against Farm Bureaus in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Georgia - meaning the cost could multiply.