department
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Usage note
This word must begin with a capital letter in the sense shown in 2).
department(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (area)
a. el departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Louise works as a business analyst in the sales department.Louise trabaja como analista de negocios en el departamento de ventas.
b. la sección
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was promoted and transferred to the marketing department.Me ascendieron y me transfirieron a la sección de marketing.
2. (politics)
a. el ministerio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The Health Department sent vaccination teams to public schools.El Ministerio de Salud envió equipos de vacunación a las escuelas públicas.
b. la secretaría
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The spokesperson of the Department of Environment stated that the plague was controlled.El vocero de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente declaró que la plaga fue controlada.
3. (education)
a. el departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The Spanish department is looking for native Spanish teachers.El departamento de español busca profesores nativo hablantes de español.
4. (French regional division)
a. el departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's the only department in the region where the population doubled.Es el único departamento de la región cuya población se duplicó.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(field)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I'm sorry I can't help you with your homework, but math is not my department.Perdón, no puedo ayudarte con la tarea, pero las matemáticas no son lo mío.
Taxes and bills? That's my husband's department.¿Impuestos y facturas? De eso se encarga mi esposo.
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department
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in company, shop)
a. el departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (in university)
a. el cátedra f, departamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (of government)
a. el ministerio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
that's not my departmenteso no es de mi competencia
department storegrandes almacenes mpl
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department [dɪˈpɑːtmənt]
noun
1 (gen) departamento (m); (in shop) sección (f); (Admin) sección (f); oficina (f)
the toy department la sección de juguetes; the English department el departamento de inglés
2 [of government] ministerio (m); secretaría (f); (Méx)
Department of Employment Ministerio (m) or Secretaría (f) de Trabajo; (Méx)
3 [of activity]
gardening is my wife's department del jardín se encarga mi mujer; men? I don't have any problems in that department ¿los hombres? no tengo ningún problema en ese campo
modifier
Department of State (n) (US) Ministerio (m) or Secretaría (f) de Asuntos Exteriores; (Méx)
department store (n) (grandes) almacenes (m); tienda (f) por departamento; (Caribbean)
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