verb de·part \ di-ˈpärt , dē- \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of depart

1 a : to go away : leave
b : die
2 : to turn aside : deviate
: 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.

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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

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


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

departed; departing
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
: 1die 1

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb 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 levels
  • Koon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)

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