AskDefine | Define directorate

Dictionary Definition

directorate n : a group of persons chosen to govern the affairs of a corporation or other large institution [syn: board of directors]

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  1. An agency headed by a director, usually a subdivision of a major government department.

Extensive Definition

A directorate is an agency usually headed by a director, often a subdivision of a major government department.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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