de·​part | \ di-ˈpärt How to pronounce depart (audio) , dē- \
departed; departing; departs

Definition of depart

intransitive verb

1a : to go away : leave
b : die
2 : to turn aside : deviate

transitive verb

: to go away from : leave

Choose the Right Synonym for depart

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness. swerved to avoid hitting the dog veer implies a major change in direction. at that point the path veers to the right deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course. never deviated from her daily routine depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type. occasionally departs from his own guidelines digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse. a professor prone to digress diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions. after school their paths diverged

Examples of depart in a Sentence

The group is scheduled to depart tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Our flight departs at 6:15 a.m. The train departed the station on time. He is departing after 20 years with the company.
Recent Examples on the Web Coach Bruce Arena, having built a deep and talented roster for the 2021 run, watched several of his best players depart for Europe. Hayden Bird,, 24 June 2022 The Senate is set to depart for a two-week recess at the close of business this week. Byallison Pecorin, ABC News, 20 June 2022 Once the third phase is complete, 20 jurors will be chosen to hear the trial — 12 to sit on the jury, and eight to serve as alternates to step in if one of the 12 has to depart for any reason. al, 7 June 2022 Conveyors move the coal onto the ships which depart at the rate of nearly one a week for Japan. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 The Badgers are scheduled to depart for France on Aug. 7 for a four-game tour. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 Karine Jean-Pierre will take over as President Joe Biden’s next White House press secretary within weeks, replacing Jen Psaki who plans to depart for a job in cable news, the White House announced Thursday. Tyler Pager, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 Before the players could depart for California, their football equipment was impounded in Phoenix because of a lawsuit filed by their former publicity manager for nonpayment of a $2,100 printing bill. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 John Wurdeman was about to depart for Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24 to attend the SuperNatural Wine Festival when he was told not to board the plane. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'depart.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of depart

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for depart

Middle English, to divide, part company, from Anglo-French departir, from de- + partir to divide, from Latin partire, from part-, pars part

Learn More About depart

Time Traveler for depart

Time Traveler

The first known use of depart was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near depart




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for depart

Last Updated

30 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Depart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for depart


de·​part | \ di-ˈpärt How to pronounce depart (audio) \
departed; departing

Kids Definition of depart

1 : to go away or go away from : leave They departed school for home.
2 : to turn away from Do not depart from your chosen path.
depart this life


intransitive verb

Legal Definition of depart

: to fail to follow : deviate from a course or standard rather than sentencing petitioners to a term within the Guideline range, however, the District Court departed downward eight levelsKoon v. United States, 518 U.S. 81 (1996)

More from Merriam-Webster on depart

Nglish: Translation of depart for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of depart for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!