de·​part | \ di-ˈpärt How to pronounce depart (audio) , dē- \
departed; departing; departs

Definition of depart

intransitive verb

1a : to go away : leave
b : die
2 : to turn aside : deviate

transitive verb

: to go away from : leave

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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

Examples of depart in a Sentence

The group is scheduled to depart tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Our flight departs at 6:15 a.m. The train departed the station on time. He is departing after 20 years with the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Florida Republican previously signaled a willingness to depart from Congress. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden swipes at Matt Gaetz in memoir," 3 Apr. 2021 The decision, outlined in court filings, surprised advocates who expected the Biden Justice Department to depart from the Trump administration’s position that previously targeted three predominantly Black areas of the city to reduce gun crime. D.C. Washington Post, "Biden Justice Department will continue to push D.C. gun cases to federal court," 1 Apr. 2021 Buses and taxis depart from here to the other small settlements on the island, hilltop Giglio Castello, and, to the west, Giglio Campese, which has the island's largest beach. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Hidden Island Off the Coast of Tuscany Offers Crystalline Sea Views, Hidden Coves for Snorkeling, and Amazing Hikes," 20 Mar. 2021 Shuttle service will depart from the Lakeland transit center every 30 minutes from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Laketran offering free rides from Lake County to Wolstein Center mass coronavirus vaccination site," 12 Mar. 2021 On Tuesday, Morgan made the decision to depart from Good Morning Britain after viewers berated him for his comments about Meghan's recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. Katie Campione,, "Chelsea Handler Calls Out Piers Morgan by Sharing 2014 Interview and Says He Has Stayed 'the Same'," 10 Mar. 2021 The cruises, ranging from three-night to seven-night, round-trip voyages visiting the Greek Isles and Cyprus, will be offered to Israelis only and will depart from Haifa, Israel. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "A 'fully vaccinated' cruise? Royal Caribbean's new ship will be 'first' to offer sailings starting in Israel," 2 Mar. 2021 Hungary is so far the only Europe Union member to depart from the EU's vaccine procurement program by securing doses made in China and Russia. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, "Hungary seeks citizen input on easing pandemic restrictions," 18 Feb. 2021 The choice of abstraction let Kamoinge artists depart from documentary depictions of the African-American community without entirely leaving it, and its political realities, behind. New York Times, "Black Art Matters," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of depart

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for depart

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

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The first known use of depart was in the 13th century

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“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of depart

: to leave a place especially to start a journey
: to leave a job or position
: to change something or do something in a different way


de·​part | \ di-ˈpärt How to pronounce depart (audio) \
departed; departing

Kids Definition of depart

1 : to go away or go away from : leave They departed school for home.
2 : to turn away from Do not depart from your chosen path.
depart this life

Legal Definition of depart

: 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 levelsKoon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)

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