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 Another picture incorporates a list of departed Black luminaries spelled out in glitter. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Sorrows of Black America," 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, "Slamdance announces slate for 2021 virtual film festival, skipping Park City because of COVID-19," 30 Nov. 2020 The departed epidemiologists - health scientists who analyze diseases within populations to help develop treatments and future prevention -- left separately over the last three months, Kimball said. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland Health Department loses 4 of 7 staff epidemiologists as coronavirus cases surge," 20 Nov. 2020 Then again, creating Earth-like oases amidst the Swarm as replacements for our departed planet might not be the true motivation of a Dyson Swarm society. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 30 Oct. 2020 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

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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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“Departed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of departed

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

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