de·par·ture | \ di-ˈpär-chər \

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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Their departure will no doubt usher in a new look for Vogue, which seems par the course for legacy magazines as of late., "Is This The Beginning Of The End Of Anna Wintour’s Vogue?," 13 July 2018 Venter announced his departure on May 24, using Twitter. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018 Price announced his departure in September 2017 over the controversy. CBS News, "Government watchdog slams former HHS head for travel," 13 July 2018 Sporting Club de Portugal have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United star Nani, following his recent departure from Serie A side Lazio., "Sporting CP Officially Confirm the Signing of Former Manchester United Star Nani," 11 July 2018 Cody O’Connell and Cole Madison were all-conference selections and their departures leave the offensive line in search of some stability up front. Matt Murschel,, "Despite hurdles, Washington State is No. 48 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 10 July 2018 The church reported on its Facebook page the group was supposed to leave Haiti on Monday but its departure had been delayed because of the unrest. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Members of Troy church stranded as protests break out in Haiti," 9 July 2018 In Miami, the number of establishments close to American Airlines Arena rose while James was a member of the Heat, but only dropped off slightly after his departure. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How important was LeBron James to Cleveland’s economy?," 2 July 2018 Human rights groups and foreign governments celebrated her departure. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Poet Liu Xia escaped China, but will Beijing ever set her free?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of departure

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

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departure/arrival time

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de·par·ture | \ di-ˈpär-chər \

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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