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 Additionally, all passengers will have to meet local COVID-19 travel requirements, which may include taking additional tests before and after arriving in the Bahamas, where voyages will depart. Naledi Ushe,, 24 May 2021 The Thursday flights, which are about two hours long, will depart at 7:25 a.m. and return at 6:05 p.m. Sunday departures will be at 11:20 a.m., with return flights touching down at 10 p.m. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2021 Already, palace intrigue has begun on who will remain and who will depart once the summer hiatus begins. Andy Hoglund,, 23 May 2021 And Miami re-signed John Jenkins to serve as the team’s true nose tackle, which is something the franchise didn’t do in 2020 have after letting Jenkins depart as a free agent last offseason. Omar Kelly,, 19 May 2021 There have been losses as well, with the program seeing players such as quarterbacks McKenzie Milton and Darriel Mack Jr., along with cornerback Brandon Moore and defensive lineman Mason Cholewa depart. Matt Murschel,, 18 May 2021 The return flights depart Washington at 5:30 p.m. and arrive in Milwaukee at 6:40 p.m. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2021 The Cincinnati Reds had two key players depart Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies because of injuries. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 14 May 2021 There will be more of this, almost surely, as we Americans depart. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 May 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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

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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