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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Muse dared end their fifth album with three distinct songs that departed fully from their usual style. Tom Philip, GQ, "It’s Time to Admit You Love Muse," 5 July 2018 Use a commercial van or bus rather than a personal rental car to arrive or depart from the airport terminal. WSJ, "Boston Logan International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From BOS," 14 Nov. 2018 Last year, according to AirHelp, More than 153,000 flights departed from U.S. airports for Thanksgiving last year. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Thanksgiving Air Travel Is Set to Be Busier Than Ever This Year—Here’s What to Know," 14 Nov. 2018 Getting there: Ferries shuttle people to and from Hyannis and Harwich Port, Massachusetts, while the high-speed ferry Seastreak departs from New York City and New Jersey seasonally. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Although Pruitt has since departed from his position at the head of the EPA, his views aren’t unique within the Trump administration. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA docs don’t show any scientific evidence for Scott Pruitt’s climate claims," 8 Aug. 2018 An Israeli couple on a honeymoon cruise aboard a cruise ship that departed from Fort Lauderdale were involved in a zip-line accident that left one dead in Honduras last week, the Miami Herald reports. Chabeli Herrera,, "Honeymooner cruising from Lauderdale killed in zipline mishap," 9 July 2018 The Politico report identified the two HHS staffers who've left the agency as Gavin Smith, a policy adviser who resigned Friday, and Tim Clark, the agency’s White House liaison, who is expected to depart in the coming weeks. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "HHS departures signal new secretary's 'no-nonsense' approach: report," 14 July 2018 Rob Green is the only senior player to have departed, whilst Dean Whitehead has retired., "David Wagner Tells Huddersfield Fans to Expect More Summer Signings as Reinforcements Arrive," 13 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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The first known use of depart was in the 13th century

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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