verb de·part \di-ˈpärt, dē-\

Definition of depart

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to go away :  leaveb :  die

  3. 2 :  to turn aside :  deviate

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to go away from :  leave

Examples of depart in a sentence

  1. The group is scheduled to depart tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

  2. Our flight departs at 6:15 a.m.

  3. The train departed the station on time.

  4. He is departing after 20 years with the company.

Origin and Etymology of depart

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

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.

DEPART Defined for English Language Learners


verb de·part \di-ˈpärt, dē-\

Definition of depart for English Language Learners

  • : to leave a place especially to start a journey ( US )

  • : to leave a job or position

  • : to change something or do something in a different way

DEPART Defined for Kids


verb de·part \di-ˈpärt\

Definition of depart for Students




  1. 1 :  to go away or go away from :  leave They departed school for home.

  2. 2 :  to turn away from Do not depart from your chosen path.

depart this life

  1. :  1die 1

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb de·part

Legal Definition of depart

  1. :  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 levels — Koon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)

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