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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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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The bus departs from the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., at 8:30 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to park at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center, 619 Main St., if possible. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The chief departed from his conservative colleagues in Carpenter v United States, a Fourth Amendment ruling requiring authorities to get a search warrant before tracking individuals’ location through data beamed to cell-phone towers. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018 Both tours depart from Fingers Pier, 555 Light St. cruisesonthebay.com. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Where to find the best view of Baltimore's Fourth of July fireworks," 25 June 2018 One result of the therapy is that Annie meets Joan (Ann Dowd), a fellow-mourner, warm and courteous, who teaches her how to contact the dearly departed. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 At least five starting hitters could depart to via the draft or graduation. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Nick Mingione: 'I will be the head coach' at Kentucky next season," 29 May 2018 Today, it was announced that the reclusive designer who departed his namesake brand in 2009 would be a judge for the 2019 ANDAM Prize. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Elusive No More, Martin Margiela Will Judge This Year’s ANDAM Prize," 20 Mar. 2019 Among those who departed was Hall of Fame defensive back Emmitt Thomas, who retired after 51 seasons as a player and coach in the NFL. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Chiefs announce overhaul of defensive coaching staff," 19 Feb. 2019 Though interest remains, the momentum has been difficult (and costly) to maintain, as attention turns to Shanghai and parts further afield, while local success stories like Low Classic and Blindness have departed for Europe. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2019," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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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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