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 On Tuesday, the bank announced the departure of Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Lara Warner and the head of the Investment Banking division, Brian Chin. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Archegos collapse plunges Credit Suisse back into crisis," 6 Apr. 2021 The awards ceremony was a departure from its past — without a red carpet, host or set — because of Covid-19 restrictions. NBC News, "SAG Awards: Actors of color sweep film acting nods for the first time," 5 Apr. 2021 On Wednesday, the day before Beard’s departure, the head coach and the athletic director met for over an hour to discuss the outlook for the Texas Tech basketball program moving forward. Dallas News, "Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt details what occurred in the final days before Chris Beard’s departure to Texas," 1 Apr. 2021 In an interview with Pioneer Press days before his departure, Simeck, who is set to start as superintendent of Deerfield School District 109 on April 1, continued to express reluctance. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest High School moving to full, in-person instruction after spring break," 30 Mar. 2021 Akins’ departure for Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas, meant Spartans fans keeping an eye on Bates, currently in the class of 2022, missed out on watching Akins' senior year. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball commit Jaden Akins nabs May all-star game berth in Memphis," 30 Mar. 2021 If there's imminent reasons for your departure, which there were. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Is Marquette a job Shaka Smart should have left Texas for?," 28 Mar. 2021 His departure from Minnesota, along with those of Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes, led to a rebuilt cornerback unit that struggled in 2020 season. Star Tribune, "Vikings further bolster secondary by bringing back cornerback Mackensie Alexander," 26 Mar. 2021 Following Gronkowski’s departure in 2019, according to Next Gen Stats, the Patriots have used personnel groupings without a tight end at the second-highest rate (8.6 percent) in the NFL., "Hunter Henry says Patriots ‘put the tight end on the map again’," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Departure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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