Definition of faculty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    faculty

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    BrE BrE//ˈfæklti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæklti//
     
    (pl. faculties) University life
     
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] any of the physical or mental abilities that a person is born with the faculty of sight She retained her mental faculties (= the ability to think and understand) until the day she died. to be in full possession of your faculties (= be able to speak, hear, see, understand, etc.) intellectual/critical/artistic faculties
  2. 2[singular] faculty of/for (doing) something (formal) a particular ability for doing something the faculty of understanding complex issues He had a faculty for seeing his own mistakes.
  3. 3[countable] a department or group of related departments in a college or university the Faculty of Law the Arts Faculty See related entries: University life
  4. 4[countable + singular or plural verb] all the teachers in a faculty of a college or university the Law School faculty a faculty meeting faculty members See related entries: University life
  5. 5[countable, uncountable] (also the faculty) (North American English) all the teachers of a particular university or college faculty members See related entries: University life
  6. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French faculte, from Latin facultas, from facilis ‘easy’, from facere ‘make, do’.Extra examples He is not in full possession of all his mental faculties. I was fortunate to receive a faculty appointment at Ohio State. Larger grants may ensure more funding for faculty development. My faculty adviser made an effort to contact me. She is over eighty but still has all her faculties. She joined the faculty of the University of Maryland. Teachers are typically part-timers and adjunct faculty. The degree of job security for tenured faculty is high relative to most other jobs. We try to develop the student’s critical faculties. a hearing before a faculty committee collaboration across faculties her colleagues on the faculty our faculty for picking up speech even in noisy environments students who are doing degrees in the Arts Faculty the Faculty of Arts the evolution of man’s higher faculties the faculty at public institutions She retained her mental faculties until the day she died. a faculty for seeing his own mistakes
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