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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Unlike the departure of General Electric’s corporate headquarters from Connecticut in 2017, UTC Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes did not cite the state’s economic policies or fiscal climate as reasons for the decision to relocate. Daniela Altimari,, "Gov. Lamont, who pledged to watch United Technologies ‘like a hawk,’ discovered he had little ability to keep the headquarters from moving to Boston," 10 June 2019 Smith will help fill the void left by the departure of another grad transfer, Tre Watson, who led the Big Ten in tackles last season and signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. Giana Han,, "Linebacker and Baltimore native Rahshaun 'Shaq' Smith transfers to Maryland," 10 June 2019 The Club can confirm the departure of @Vorm_Official following the conclusion of his contract., "Confusion Over Fernando Llorente's Future as Striker Appears on Tottenham's Released List," 9 June 2019 Those talks were prompted by the imminent departure of the long-term operator of the Mission Bay RV Resort, a separate RV park from Campland located in the center of the defunct mobile home park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed Campland expansion revives Mission Bay Park land battle," 7 June 2019 Benoit could compete for a rotation spot opened by the departure of senior Kaleb Roper to graduation before the Chicago White Sox selected him in the 29th round. Christopher Dabe,, "2 Tulane pitchers to make MLB Draft decision after joining Cape Cod League teams," 7 June 2019 Lee acknowledged that the departure of productions could threaten the livelihoods of local workers and compared their plight to that of black bus drivers affected by the boycott in Montgomery, Ala., during the civil rights movement, AP said. Nardine Saad,, "Spike Lee wants Georgia boycott: ‘Shut it down’ over abortion law," 7 June 2019 The fresh air combined with the departure of dozens of CO2-exhaling humans sent carbon dioxide levels plunging, all the way down below 600 ppm within minutes. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Why crowded meetings and conference rooms make you so, so tired," 6 June 2019 The departures of Luguentz Dort and Zylam Cheatham will be somewhat offset by the return of guards Rob Edwards and Remy Martin and the development of underclassmen, with wing Taeshon Cherry atop that list. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 basketball: Revised order-of-finish projections based on NBA Draft and transfer decisions," 3 June 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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to take the place or position of

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