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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Recent Examples on the Web The Ravens could have chosen a tackle in the draft, but declined, which was a little unusual considering Brown’s recent departure in a trade to the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston: Ravens offensive line will take time to build, even with pieces in place | COMMENTARY," 4 May 2021 Torsus claims a 32 degree approach angle, 26 degree departure angle, and minimum ground clearance of 13.4 inches beneath the axles. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "This 4WD Off-Road Bus Could Be the World's Toughest Truck," 4 May 2021 The Milo Goes to College lineup dissolved by 1983, following Aukerman’s real-life departure for college. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, "Descendents Finally Tell Their Punk-Rock Origin Story," 4 May 2021 Wilson’s departure leaves Oregon with six returning scholarship players and two incoming signees, including Sedona Prince, Nyara Sabally and Kylee Watson returning at forward and center signee Phillipina Kyei. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon women’s basketball forward Arielle Wilson retiring," 3 May 2021 Amid reports of growing demand for fine jewelry among male shoppers, the new designs mark a major departure for the American jeweler, which is known for its classic solitaire engagement rings for women. CNN, "Tiffany & Co launches engagement rings for men," 3 May 2021 Just over a week after Mulkey’s departure to LSU, Baylor announced the hire of Nicki Collen as its new women’s basketball head coach. Dallas News, "Baylor names former WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen its next women’s basketball head coach," 3 May 2021 In a departure from his usual reticence to delve into spending priorities, the spokesman also indicated the coming defense budget would put money behind the effort. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Austin's task force is toughest move yet on China as Biden Pentagon mulls options," 3 May 2021 With Davis’s departure, Nixon would now be UCF’s top receiver and after a strong 2019 season, he was placed on the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Watch List., "Three things to know about Patriots draft pick and receiver Tre Nixon," 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of departure

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

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

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7 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Departure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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