de·part | \di-ˈpärt, dē-\

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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Family friends said that Liu Xia boarded a flight departing from Beijing on Tuesday headed for Berlin, the BBC and the Associated Press report. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Leaves China After Eight Years Under House Arrest, Reports Say," 10 July 2018 The next evening, departing from the presidential tradition of simply making an appearance at each inaugural ball, Clinton projected vitality all night long, soaking up the energy from a dozen different celebrations held in his honor. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month except in December; local day tours are typically scheduled for the Saturday following the meeting, departing from the clubhouse. Linda Mcintosh,, "Muir award goes to Conservancy," 9 July 2018 The couple were on a seven-day cruise on Allure of the Seas, which departed from Fort Lauderdale on July 1 with stops in Nassau, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "They were zip-lining on their honeymoon when they collided. He died, she was injured," 9 July 2018 The document also could have new relevance in the aftermath of a Justice Department inspector general report that criticized Comey for departing from established protocol in the Clinton investigation. CBS News, "Report: Trump's lawyers blast Comey as "Machiavellian" in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 In retrospect, departing from the ranking and placing Serena among the protected was wise. Jon Wertheim,, "Wimbledon Midterm Grades," 7 July 2018 The document also could have new relevance in the aftermath of a Justice Department inspector general report that criticized Comey for departing from established protocol in the Clinton investigation. Eric Tucker, Fox News, "Trump lawyers attacked Comey as 'Machiavellian' in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The four-day event has a lot of components, including a flotilla of dive boats departing from Morne Rouge Bay for a lionfish hunt. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner," 3 July 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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Phrases Related to depart

depart this life

the departed

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English Language Learners Definition of depart

: 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


de·part | \di-ˈpärt \
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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