depart

verb
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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Anderson departed after four innings having allowed seven hits with six strikeouts. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 16, Brewers 0: A laugher from the very start," 4 June 2019 Now a national backlash is building against employers that make such movement harder with noncompete agreements that bar departing employees from taking jobs with industry competitors for certain periods of time. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Resistance to Noncompete Agreements Is a Win for Workers," 18 May 2019 The Boston University hockey program maintained the Terrier lineage by promoting former captain and associate head coach Albie O’Connell to replace David Quinn, who departed for the New York Rangers two weeks ago. Mia Berry, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston University introduces Albie O’Connell as new hockey coach," 6 June 2018 Burditt was replaced by Abbott, who departed after season two. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Last Man Standing' Showrunner Returning for Fox Revival," 31 May 2018 South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited diplomatic sources as saying that Kim was on an Air China flight to New York that departed later Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Bodeen And Hyung-jin Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Top North Korean official heads to U.S. for pre-summit talks," 30 May 2018 South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited diplomatic sources as saying that Kim was on an Air China flight to New York that departed later Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Bodeen And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, "Top North Korean official heads to U.S. for pre-summit talks," 30 May 2018 The bus departs from the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., at 8:30 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to park at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center, 619 Main St., if possible. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The chief departed from his conservative colleagues in Carpenter v United States, a Fourth Amendment ruling requiring authorities to get a search warrant before tracking individuals’ location through data beamed to cell-phone towers. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for depart

depart

verb

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

depart

verb
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
de·​part

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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