de·​par·​ture | \ di-ˈpär-chər How to pronounce departure (audio) \

Definition of departure

1a(1) : the act or an instance of departing
(2) archaic : death
b : a setting out (as on a new course)
2 : divergence sense 2 a departure from tradition

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Examples of departure in a Sentence

What is your time of departure? You should plan to arrive at the airport an hour before departure. a schedule of arrivals and departures The departures of several key employees have caused problems for the company. her sudden departure from the company The team has struggled since the departure of its head coach. His previous movies have all been comedies, so this dramatic role is a real departure for him.
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However, after lengthy negotiations with Bordeaux, an agreement is believed to have been reached on Monday night, and Arsenal took to their official website to confirm Koscielny's departure from the club., "Arsenal Confirm Laurent Koscielny Has Joined Bordeaux After 9-Year Spell at the Emirates," 6 Aug. 2019 Currently, most Vietnamese coffee in North America is actually made with Café du Monde’s coffee and chicory beans—produced in New Orleans—a departure from the robusta beans still used in Hanoi and its surrounding areas. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Vietnamese Egg Coffee Is Taking North America by Storm–but What Is It?," 3 Aug. 2019 Her usual cocktail of roseate lips and blush rounded out the moment, which felt like a fun departure from her oft-loose, organic lengths. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson Puts a ’70s Spin on the Power Ponytail," 2 Aug. 2019 Their answer — also a departure from conventional practice — is putting a no-nonsense house manager in charge. Los Angeles Times, "To house almost 600 homeless people, a Venice couple are working outside the system," 2 Aug. 2019 The president's directive represents a departure from what is usually a scripted bureaucratic process. Author: Aaron Gregg, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "After Trump cites Amazon concerns, Pentagon reviews $10 billion cloud-computing contract process," 1 Aug. 2019 But a British departure from the EU without a deal, which seems increasingly likely, will endanger the peace agreement further. The Economist, "No-deal could lead to the resumption of direct rule in Northern Ireland," 1 Aug. 2019 Thomas is definitely on the bubble and the lost time in developing a rapport with quarterback Tom Brady during camp could result in a quick departure for the five-time Pro Bowler., "Can Tom Brady outrun Father Time? 10 questions for the New England Patriots as training camp opens," 31 July 2019 In another departure from Sanders' plan, Harris would allow private insurance to offer Medicare plans. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris releases "Medicare for all" proposal ahead of second Democratic debate," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of departure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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English Language Learners Definition of departure

: the act of leaving a place especially to start a journey
: the act of leaving a job, an organization, etc.
: a new or different way of doing something


de·​par·​ture | \ di-ˈpär-chər How to pronounce departure (audio) \

Kids Definition of departure

1 : an act of leaving or setting out We waved upon the ship's departure.
2 : an act of turning away or aside (as from a way of doing things) a departure from tradition



Legal Definition of departure

: a failure to follow : a deviation from a course or standard an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines

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