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

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 The cruise line recommends those guests still test prior to departure. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 However, a rift in their friendship — as well as the pandemic's timing — led to Fritz's departure as co-host of the show. Emily Strohm,, 25 July 2022 That history includes infighting, which leads to the departure of Al Bryant. cleveland, 14 July 2022 Renegades general manager Ben Brown addressed the team prior to departure. Kat Cornetta,, 8 July 2022 He has already been accused of arrogance and blaming others for his own faults, instead of facing up to any of the mistakes that led to his departure. Guy Davies, ABC News, 7 July 2022 In the weeks leading up to departure, images of unruly fires and jaundiced skies stretching across California, Wyoming, and Idaho, dominated news cycles. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Based on the angst offered after some of the franchise’s toughest moments, from unexpected playoff ousters to the departure of LeBron James, Miami Heat president Pat Riley can come off as somewhat impatient. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 5 July 2022 That breach, in which information about more than 150 million people was stolen, led to the departure of the company’s top executive and a settlement in which the company paid hundreds of millions of dollars. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of departure

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

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11 Aug 2022

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“Departure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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