de·​part·​ed | \ di-ˈpär-təd How to pronounce departed (audio) , dē- \

Definition of departed

1 : bygone departed days
2 : having died especially recently mourning our departed friend

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dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life. a dead, listless performance defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation. a defunct television series deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use. the estate of the deceased departed is used usually as a euphemism. our departed sister late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status. the company's late president

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a few crumbling ruins are all that remain of that departed civilization
Recent Examples on the Web Micky Dolenz is going to honor his departed Monkees bandmates Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones with a special tour. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2022 Each of the departed defensive coaches had, at some point, raved about the Californian’s makeup and commitment to his craft. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 31 Jan. 2022 Once their segment ended, Dickerson reached down and gave her a long bear hug, and as her wheelchair was pushed offstage, the two departed hand in hand. Nancy Kruh,, 11 Nov. 2021 Mattocks was once a fixture with Jamaica's national team, and Schantz hopes Mattocks can help fill the void left by departed high-scoring forward Rufat Dadashov, whom the club transferred to Germany's FC Schalke II. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 That’s not getting into the free-agent millions for departed pieces like Erik Flowers and Ted Karras. Dave Hyde,, 18 Aug. 2021 True, Marvel prefers not to tarnish its departed heroes’ images. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 9 July 2021 Another picture incorporates a list of departed Black luminaries spelled out in glitter. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Filmmaker Laura Conway enacts a cinematic seance using archival documents to communicate with her departed communist grandparents and ask them questions about the end of capitalism. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of departed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Departed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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