departure

noun

de·​par·​ture di-ˈpär-chər How to pronounce departure (audio)
1
a(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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Alessandro Michele’s departure as the creative director of Gucci hadn’t yet been announced. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 That list starts with Gabriel, who should mitigate the impact of Bo Nix’s departure. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Griffin’s firing came as somewhat of a surprise, as Milwaukee had a 30-13 record at the time of his departure, tied for second-best in the league. Sam Joseph, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The city of Maplewood has named Mike Sable its next city manager following the departure of Melinda Coleman. Anna Pearson, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024 Another former Broncos head coach, Dirk Koetter, ran the offense on an interim basis in the 2022 season after Plough’s departure. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 14 Feb. 2024 At the front of the station, a wall of reporters greeted Lee, who appeared tense and solemn — a sharp departure from his public image of clean-cut, jaunty wholesomeness. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Immediately upon the actor’s departure from the original series, it was announced that the star would return for a trilogy of Walking Dead movies. EW.com, 13 Feb. 2024 Another departure from real life comes in one of the film’s final scenes when Hill’s father goes to see his son play baseball for the first time. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of departure was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Departure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/departure. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

departure

noun
de·​par·​ture di-ˈpär-chər How to pronounce departure (audio)
1
: the act of going away
2
: a setting out (as on a new course)
3
: a change from a usual course or standard
a departure from tradition

Legal Definition

departure

noun
de·​par·​ture
: a failure to follow : a deviation from a course or standard
an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines

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