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 Fultz welcomed his son on July 12, 2020 — days before the Magic were set to depart for the NBA bubble. Julia Poe,, 27 Sep. 2021 With Chris Holtmann’s program expected to see a lot of players depart over the next two years, this class serves as a roster reset. Stephen Means, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 Depending on the weather and the northern lights forecast, tours depart each evening between 8 and 11 p.m. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 And at Piccone's Corner, an osteria and butcher shop in Laurelhurst, tuck into rustic Italian cuisine and depart with fresh cuts of sustainable, humanely raised meat in tow. Katie Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2021 The Ravens built their offseason strategy at outside linebacker around him, letting Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue depart without a fight. Childs Walker,, 8 Sep. 2021 The company also said Arun Murthy, the chief product officer, will depart Cloudera, effective Monday. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2021 Dozens of others had called on the state to adopt an industry-wide edict, fearing staff shortages or worrying that employees would depart for jobs at other facilities. Jenna Carlesso,, 29 Aug. 2021 Italy’s foreign minister confirmed that its last military flight evacuating people would depart later on Friday. The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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


intransitive verb

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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