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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Recent Examples on the Web It’s starting to look as though Trump will soon depart the national stage. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Our President Is Literally Toxic," 7 Oct. 2020 Teams arrive and depart the same day of away games to avoid staying overnight in hotels, a measure to avoid COVID-19 exposure. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers trounce LA Galaxy 6-3, improve league-best away goals record," 7 Oct. 2020 For long periods border and interior enforcement were haphazard and underfunded, and so authorities relied on recurrent mass purges and scare tactics to frighten immigrants into agreeing to depart, or into packing up and leaving on their own. Julia Preston, The New York Review of Books, "Deportation Nation," 22 Sep. 2020 In typical years, attendance in the Assembly Hall thins out after the US President and other powerful dignitaries depart -- woe to the foreign minister stuck speaking at 9pm on a Saturday night. Richard Roth, CNN, "What to expect at the UN General Assembly in the time of Covid-19," 20 Sep. 2020 The books always reflect a remarkable level of access, contain a number of scoops that rarely depart from conventional wisdom but do frequently make headlines, and are written and published with a speed that insures their popularity. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Bob Woodward’s Bad Characters," 15 Sep. 2020 All the new itineraries vary from three to 14 nights and will depart from Southampton beginning at the end of March. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "British cruise line Cunard won't sail until spring 2021, with some cruises canceled into May," 25 Aug. 2020 Delivery drivers will arrive between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Between 9:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 165 vans will load and depart — about 35 vans every 20 minutes. Ron Hurtibise,, "Proposed Amazon delivery station would bring packages to our doorsteps even faster," 12 Aug. 2020 That experience is needed in the midfield, which saw the highest number of players depart on loan for the rest of 2020. Julia Poe,, "Young Orlando Pride midfielder Marisa Viggiano emerges as key leader," 22 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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