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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web And while the current administration has been kicking America's allies, their response so far hasn't been to depart the alliance but to try to sustain it. Shay Khatiri, TheWeek, "America is doing so much better than you think," 2 Feb. 2020 The trip you book has to depart between April 13 to May 31, 2020, or September 1 to October 31, 2020. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "You Can Book a Round-Trip to Europe for as Low as $1 Right Now," 27 Jan. 2020 The teachers argue that Delta was negligent in allowing the plane to depart in the first place, and said that the pilots failed to follow protocol. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "Delta is being sued by teachers after dumping 15,000 gallons of jet fuel over LA schools," 18 Jan. 2020 The aviator departed on her fateful around-the-world trip from Oakland, CA in 1937. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "These 8 Mysteries of the West Remain Unsolved (and Are Turning Us into Obsessive Armchair Sleuths)," 17 Jan. 2020 Shortly after the onset of polar night, however, the Akademik Fedorov departed from the central Arctic, leaving the Polarstern to freeze into the ice alone. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Frozen in Dwindling Ice, a Historic Expedition Finds a “New Arctic”," 10 Jan. 2020 Another wolf voluntarily departed last winter, returning to Minnesota over an ice bridge. Christine Mlot, Science | AAAS, "Relocated island wolves outlasting mainland wolves in new Isle Royale home," 20 Dec. 2019 Hurd, a cybersecurity expert, on Wednesday evening departed entirely from the GOP script, asking a witness about helping Ukraine stave off Russian cyber attacks. Bill Lambrecht,, "Rep. Joaquin Castro’s questioning elicited damning ‘quid pro quo’ testimony," 21 Nov. 2019 Bei Bei—who is set to depart tomorrow, November 19—will be traveling in style. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "National Zoo’s Giant Panda Bringing His Favorite Snacks Along for Private Flight to China," 18 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'depart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about depart

Time Traveler for depart

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for depart

Last Updated

16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for depart


How to pronounce depart (audio)

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on depart

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for depart

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with depart

Spanish Central: Translation of depart

Nglish: Translation of depart for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of depart for Arabic Speakers

Comments on depart

What made you want to look up depart? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!