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verb de·part \di-ˈpärt, dē-\

Simple Definition of depart

  • : to leave a place especially to start a journey ( US )

  • : to leave a job or position

  • : to change something or do something in a different way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of depart

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to go away :  leave b :  die

  3. 2 :  to turn aside :  deviate

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to go away from :  leave

Examples of depart in a sentence

  1. The group is scheduled to depart tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

  2. Our flight departs at 6:15 a.m.

  3. The train departed the station on time.

  4. He is departing after 20 years with the company.

Origin of depart

Middle English, to divide, part company, from Anglo-French departir, from de- + partir to divide, from Latin partire, from part-, pars part

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of depart

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness <swerved to avoid hitting the dog>. veer implies a major change in direction <at that point the path veers to the right>. deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course <never deviated from her daily routine>. depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type <occasionally departs from his own guidelines>. digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse <a professor prone to digress>. diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions <after school their paths diverged>.

DEPART Defined for Kids


verb de·part \di-ˈpärt\

Definition of depart for Students


  1. 1 :  to go away or go away from :  leave <They departed school for home.>

  2. 2 :  to turn away from <Do not depart from your chosen path.>

depart this life
  1. :  1die 1

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb de·part

Legal Definition of depart

  1. :  to fail to follow :  deviate from a course or standard <rather than sentencing petitioners to a term within the Guideline range, however, the District Court departed downward eight levels — Koon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)>

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