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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Choose the Right Synonym for depart

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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His national security adviser, Bolton, departed earlier this month after policy clashes, including disagreements over how best to pressure Iran into returning to the negotiating table on its nuclear and missile programs. Washington Post, "Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 Like many of Truman’s policies on civil rights and immigration, Citizenship Day departed from past precedents. S. Deborah Kang, Time, "The History of Citizenship Day Is a Reminder That Being an American Has Always Been Complicated," 17 Sep. 2019 The song departed from us, took off on its own and lived its own life. Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, "‘Taaaake onnn meee!’ The unkillable, oh-so-profitable afterlife of a-ha’s ‘80s classic," 16 Sep. 2019 Another departed for a private law firm and has expressed reservations about the merits of the case. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Rejects Andrew McCabe’s Bid to Avoid Charges," 12 Sep. 2019 Musgrove departed after five and the Giants got on the board in the sixth, courtesy of Evan Longoria’s two-run homer off Yacksel Rios that landed high in the left-field bleachers. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "September blues: Giants fall to Pirates," 12 Sep. 2019 Uncle Gus departed this earth many, many years ago. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 The Diamondbacks departed Citi Field three games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks drop another game to New York Mets in crucial series," 10 Sep. 2019 Jack Pearson departed this earthly realm decades ago, but his presence is still felt. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us stars tease what happens when Jack meets Rebecca's parents," 10 Sep. 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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