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

Examples of departed in a Sentence

a few crumbling ruins are all that remain of that departed civilization
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, many funeral homes have cut way back on memorials, burials and other rituals used to commemorate departed friends and family. CNN, "Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone," 29 Mar. 2020 Día de los Muertos celebrations: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday to honor departed friends and family. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 31 Oct. 2019 The departed dog also got to meet the couple’s first child, daughter Bodhi, and the countless needy foster animals that helped the duo prepare for parenthood. Kelli Bender,, "Ian Somerhalder's Beloved Dog Dies: 'I’ve Never Known a More Incredible Animal'," 12 June 2018 The 11th paper, the Menagerie of Extinct Animals, is digitally printed with the whole departed zoo. New York Times, "Where Is Design Going?," 2 May 2018 In the course of the evening, Gabriel Conroy's mother, father, grandfather and even the grandfather's eccentric departed horse, Johnny, are mentioned. Michael Carey, Anchorage Daily News, "Christmas story: James Joyce wrote a carol to remember," 23 Dec. 2017 London continues to work with En because of a common cigarette lighter passed on to En from her departed partner, a sign the ship takes as an ultimate evidence of trust. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "ECHO captures the horror of being replaced by yourself," 10 Oct. 2017 Boughner is charged with sterilizing the stench of a sixth-place division finish last season, replacing four departed forwards and stabilizing a defensive corps that returns five of six defensemen. Matthew Defranks,, "Two spiraled books could shape Panthers' and Bob Boughner's future," 4 Oct. 2017 However, Neymar still ultimately departed and relations with his former club could hit a new low with Barcelona's legal actions, with many fans likely to forget the contributions Neymar made to the club during his time in La Liga., "Barcelona to Sue Neymar for €8.5M Over 'Breach of Contract' in Move to PSG," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of departed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of departed was in the 14th century

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13 Apr 2020

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“Departed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of departed

somewhat formal : no longer living
literary : existing in the past

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