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Noun department has 3 senses
  1. department, section - a specialized division of a large organization; "you'll find it in the hardware department"; "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"
    --1 is a kind of division
    --1 has particulars:
     academic department; business department; personnel department, personnel office, personnel, staff office; government department; payroll, payroll department; security, security department
  2. department - the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
    --2 is a kind of
    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    --2 is a member of country, state, land
  3. department - a specialized sphere of knowledge; "baking is not my department"; "his work established a new department of literature"
    --3 is a kind of
    sector, sphere
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