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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The Chargers are in need of another wide receiver this season after Tyrell Williams departed for Oakland via free agency. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Artavis Scott’s grueling journey from Clemson stardom to Chargers may finally pay off," 13 Aug. 2019 Clements was a charismatic and controversial leader who brought hope to the church where about 500 families worshipped, the Tribune reported in 2002 amid allegations of abuse involving another pastor who served after Clements departed. Morgan Greene,, "Archdiocese asks retired priest to ‘step aside from ministry’ amid sexual abuse investigation," 8 Aug. 2019 Zebulon Green of the Casa Carmelita community center confirmed the incident took place just after Air Force One departed following Trump's visit to this city. Dallas News, "Trump supporter reportedly with knife, gun briefly detained in El Paso," 8 Aug. 2019 The Brewers finally broke through for a run in the sixth after Hamels departed the game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs 4, Brewers 1: Offense continues to be missing in action in third consecutive defeat," 3 Aug. 2019 After Michalczik departed for Oregon State, Eldridge sustained a knee injury that required surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2018 season., "Oregon State center Nathan Eldridge calls for advice, and instead finds an opportunity in Corvallis: Day 2 recap," 2 Aug. 2019 Muscle complaints have largely prevented Bale from filling the void left by Ronaldo, after the Portugal star departed for Juventus last summer. Matias Grez, CNN, "From dream start to nightmare end, Gareth Bale's Real Madrid career turns sour," 23 July 2019 The Senate will be in session for an additional week after the House departs and would be able to use the additional time to consider the deal and send it to Trump to sign. Author: Damian Paletta, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Budget deal likely to include few or no cuts while lifting debt limit for two years," 22 July 2019 The Senate will be in session for an additional week after the House departs and would be able to use the additional time to consider the deal and send it to Trump to sign. Washington Post, "Emerging budget deal likely to include few or no actual spending cuts, while lifting debt limit for two years," 21 July 2019

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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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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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