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.
Recent Examples on the Web The second involves using advanced computing to make ships arrive and depart as fluidly as airplanes. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 The trains thus would arrive and depart more efficiently, with less disruption on city streets. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The first train will arrive in downtown Chicago at 5:32 a.m., and depart the city at 5:05 a.m. Sarah Freishtat,, 7 Apr. 2022 Many people fleeing the war arrive and depart from the station. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Trogons arrive in Arizona in April and May and depart at the end of summer. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 On a blustery fall day, gusts of wind whip around a bend in the river as boats arrive and depart the nearby Poughkeepsie Yacht Club. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2021 Taxis are scheduled to arrive and depart every 15 minutes. David Lyons,, 26 Oct. 2021 Passengers would arrive and depart over various cities by means of shuttle planes that would nose into a retractable air lock under the fuselage. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 See More

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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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“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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


intransitive verb

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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