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 department said Akard would return to the private sector but offered no other reason for his departure. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor's ouster," 5 Aug. 2020 Stone Brewing, San Diego County’s largest brewery, confirmed Wednesday that its CEO, Dominic Engels, has resigned following a four-year tenure with the company but did not offer any explanation for the departure. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stone Brewing CEO exits after 4 years," 5 Aug. 2020 Staff members will be in the parking lots during arrival and departure times to break up any groups of students that may be trying to socialize. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Dickinson ISD parents encouraged to transport kids to school," 5 Aug. 2020 Chokshi’s immediate appointment as health commissioner was a clear indication that the mayor was prepared for her departure. Henry Goldman,, "NYC’s Health Commissioner Resigns After Battles With Mayor," 3 Aug. 2020 On Wednesday, as Trump arrived at Andrews Air Force Base for his departure to Texas, the Air Force jet directly ahead was set to carry Lewis's body to Georgia for his funeral. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump aides caught off-guard by comment he would not go see John Lewis lying in state," 29 July 2020 According to Dirks, plans for his departure began in April, though the timing of his Friday announcement was influenced by recent events. oregonlive, "Ava Gene’s, Tusk co-owner parts with restaurant group in wake of public criticism," 10 July 2020 After a stay that could last up to four months, Behnken and Hurley will reenter the capsule for departure and a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY exclusive: Interview with the history-making astronauts aboard the International Space Station," 8 July 2020 The developments of the last month were the final catalyst for his departure, Betts said. Esther Mobley,, "Court of Master Sommeliers, facing racism charges, to eliminate “master” address," 19 June 2020

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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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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Departure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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