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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In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France., "This day in history," 28 June 2019 But Pittsburgh players seem to think the offense will be just fine after Bell departed for the New York Jets in free agency and Brown was dealt to the Oakland Raiders following his trade demand. John Clayton, The Denver Post, "The Steelers think they’ll be just fine on offense, and more NFL offseason takeaways," 19 June 2019 The individual arrived in Terminal B from Tokyo, Japan, and departed for Quebec, Canada, from Terminal A. Anyone who was at the airport between 5 p.m. May 29 and 3:30 p.m. May 30 may have been exposed to measles. CBS News, "Potential measles exposure reported at New Jersey's Newark Airport," 18 June 2019 After jumping into the league lead early this season, Houston is now 1-1-2 since its international players began departing for the World Cup last month. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dash settle for draw with Orlando Pride," 15 June 2019 The Thorns are undefeated in three straight games since their last group of national team players departed for the World Cup. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Thorns grind out 1-1 road draw with North Carolina Courage," 15 June 2019 Then, much to the dismay of GMA fans, Sam departed in 2013 for a managing editor gig at The Weather Channel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sam Champion Back on ABC’s 'Eyewitness News' and 'GMA'? Here’s the Scoop," 12 June 2019 Gary Andersen returns to Utah State for his second stint as the Aggies’ head coach after Matt Wells departed for the Texas Tech head coaching job., "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 76 Utah State hopes Gary Andersen’s returns brings more wins," 10 June 2019 In Portsmouth, where Allied ships departed for Normandy in June 1944, Trump read a prayer originally delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. NBC News, "Trump's U.K. visit had its thrills and spills but not the drama some expected," 6 June 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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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


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

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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