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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Swedish Design Museum Swedish Design Museum The program offers a cost-effective departure for the online-only museum, using the real estate agents as on-site guides. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Open houses become real-time design museums in Sweden," 7 Nov. 2018 Upon his departure from the industry giant, Andy Rubin was still given a $150 million stock grant, to be paid out over several years, along with a $90 million exit package. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Over a decade, Google handsomely paid 3 men accused of misconduct, per report," 25 Oct. 2018 Despite the plaudits, his departure from Danaher, in 2015, was apparently not as routine as then portrayed. Brandon Kochkodin, The Seattle Times, "GE’s new CEO has a reputation for transforming companies," 1 Oct. 2018 Blue and Gold Fireworks Cruises Departures from 8 to 8:40 p.m. from Piers 39 and 41; 8:30 p.m. departure from Tiburon Ferry Terminal., "July 4 events," 28 June 2018 Following Fonseca’s departure, Sanchez-Macias stepped into the top post — but not for long. David Hernandez,, "Audit of San Ysidro finds fraud or misappropriation of funds may have happened at school district," 15 June 2018 Obama has taken up congressional redistricting as a primary cause since his departure from the White House to challenge the Republican majorities in Congress. Kristine Guillaume, CBS News, "Obama stars in promo for Eric Holder's anti-gerrymandering group," 11 July 2018 Cheapest cabin for the 12-day/11-night Antarctica in Depth cruise is $16,095 before the early booking discount, and that’s for a March 2020 departure, when Antarctica is headed back into winter. Phil Marty,, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 Juventus paid 100 million euros (roughly $117 million) to secure Ronaldo’s departure from Spain, with an additional 12 million euros (roughly $14 million) in a fees to sign the 33 year old to a four-year contract, ESPN reported. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Cristiano Ronaldo deal with Juventus has Fiat workers planning strike," 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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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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