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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The adoption of a key plank of Inslee’s climate plan marks a departure from Warren’s campaign strategy of rolling out detailed policy proposals on a host of issues ahead of her competitors. Christina Prignano,, "Elizabeth Warren releases climate change plan to move US to 100 percent clean energy in 10 years," 3 Sep. 2019 The measures wouldn’t fully avoid the pain of a British departure. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How Boris Johnson's push toward a no-deal Brexit is playing out in the E.U.," 3 Sep. 2019 Carnival Cruise Line cancelled a Monday departure from Port Canaveral by its Carnival Liberty and delayed until Thursday the previously scheduled Monday sailing by the Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "DisneyWorld, Legoland and other Orlando tourist parks close as Dorian nears Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 With time running out for lawmakers to constrain Mr. Johnson, the maneuvers in Parliament on Tuesday could prove to be a decisive moment in a three-year battle over Britain’s departure from the European Union. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Britain’s Boris Johnson Threatens Brexit Rebels With New Election," 2 Sep. 2019 The case was brought by a cross-party group of roughly 70 legislators seeking to broaden the period for parliamentary debate in a bid to prevent a disorderly departure by Britain from the European Union. Author: Gregory Katz, Anchorage Daily News, "Boris Johnson faces mounting challenges to his Brexit strategy," 30 Aug. 2019 Hollywood Burbank officials said in June NextGen is not immediately implemented during departures from the airport. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Joint task force on air traffic noise takes flight," 30 Aug. 2019 In a departure from its previous stance, the Log Cabin Republicans announced its support for the president’s re-election bid earlier this month. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Log Cabin Republicans lose executive director in another resignation after 2020 Trump endorsement," 27 Aug. 2019 Information hidden for months The News initially followed up on an anonymous tip on Morris' departure from the district in April. Dallas News, "Plano East basketball coach quit after investigation upheld claim she sexually harassed district employee," 26 Aug. 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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