depart

verb
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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Don’t depart without picking up a souvenir or two from Charon’s shop. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 2021 For several weeks, many of them had worked sixteen-hour days preparing for the transition—the approximately six-hour-long window between when the Trumps would depart and the Bidens arrive. Susannah Jacob, The New Yorker, "The Secret Life of the White House," 24 Feb. 2021 The flights will depart on Monday and Fridays, with an introductory one-way fare of $129. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "New San Antonio-to-Cancun flights to start," 25 Jan. 2021 Some patients arriving by ambulance have been asked to sit in the emergency department so that their ambulance can depart. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Inside our struggling hospitals," 16 Dec. 2020 The company also said last year that its largest annual conference, OpenWorld, would depart its traditional home, San Francisco, in favor of Las Vegas. Scott Deveau, Bloomberg.com, "Oracle Moves Headquarters to Texas, Joining Valley Exodus," 11 Dec. 2020 Defensive line coach Larry Johnson would serve as interim coach, and the team would depart Saturday morning. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What awaits Ohio State football after coronavirus outbreak and cancellation? Buckeye Talk Emergency Pod," 28 Nov. 2020 Those who depart toward the end of Biden's tenure will be prohibited from lobbying the White House for at least two years. Brian Slodysko, ajc, "Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban," 20 Jan. 2021 There will be offensive linemen who need to be replaced, a couple of high-level running backs who depart. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nick Saban and Alabama appear untouchable after securing sixth national title," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of depart was in the 13th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Depart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depart. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for depart

depart

verb

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

depart

verb
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
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 levelsKoon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)

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