departure

noun
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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Brady’s backstop proposal is one of more than a dozen amendments proposed by U.K. lawmakers that aim to alter the course of Britain’s departure. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions," 29 Jan. 2019 And to commemorate the event, Spears is officially clearing up the controversy that surrounded her sudden departure from the show. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jamie Lynn Spears Reveals 'Zoey 101' Didn't Actually End Because She Was Pregnant," 10 Jan. 2019 But Simons’s departure from Calvin Klein shows how brands can rarely be part of the high-fashion world while still playing to the mass market. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 However, some political commentators believe Sessions’s departure could ultimately backfire on Trump. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Why Jeff Sessions's Resignation May Be Sketchier Than You Think," 8 Nov. 2018 It was framed by his response to an explosive interview that was published late Thursday blasting Mrs. May’s handling of negotiations for Britain’s departure from the European Union, or Brexit. New York Times, "Trump Brings His Own Style to a Day of Damage Control in Britain," 13 July 2018 But the departure wasn't fueled by tensions with the royal family, despite speculation otherwise. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Bodyguard Is Reportedly Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019 Her makeup was fresh and natural—no bold winged linger, bright eyeshadow colors, or out-there lip colors in sight—a shocking departure for the singer. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Lady Gaga's Beauty Look at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards Was So Surprising," 14 Jan. 2019 Since Megyn's departure in October, Hoda, Al, Craig, and others have popped up at 9 a.m. to fill the gap. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'Today' Show Just Announced the Cast That's Replacing Megyn Kelly," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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departure

noun

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

departure

noun
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

departure

noun
de·​par·​ture

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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