Definition of depart in English:



  • 1 Leave, especially in order to start a journey.

    ‘they departed for Germany’
    ‘a contingent was departing from Cairo’
    • ‘Each of my Las Vegas trips would now have me checking into and departing from three hotels on the same days.’
    • ‘The walk takes 90 minutes and departs from St Nicholas' Church.’
    • ‘At 12.30 pm the air ambulance flight departed for Clermont, France.’
    • ‘The 1,432-tonne, 72 metre ship arrived on Monday and departed for Dublin this morning.’
    • ‘Tired and slightly sunburnt, the photographers departed for home with film and memory cards which they hope will contain some memorable pictures.’
    • ‘Analysis of the plane's flight plans, covering more than two years, shows that it always departs from Washington DC.’
    • ‘Another concert was held for the primary students next morning before the group departed for its Friday night concert at Maungaturoto.’
    • ‘We then set out for our train, which would be departing from Track 13.’
    • ‘The funeral of a father-of-five killed last month in a jet ski accident will depart from the athletics track that became a second home to him.’
    • ‘On the final day in hospital, before they departed for home, a lone old woman arrived with a farewell gift of a bunch of bluebells.’
    • ‘That day Peel was recording interviews for a programme that would be transmitted after he and his wife Sheila had departed for a Peruvian resort in the Andes.’
    • ‘The thought of packing and departing the following day caused her heart to skip a beat.’
    • ‘Last weekend she departed for Connecticut to begin a four year scholarship at Quinnipiac University.’
    • ‘Every three weeks, the vessel departs from Tahiti with cargo and 100-120 passengers.’
    • ‘Afterwards, the wedding party departed for the reception and function in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar.’
    • ‘The bus departs from Mill Street every two hours, with the first tour starting at 9.30 am.’
    • ‘In celebration of the special occasion the couple departed for a two week holiday in California on Monday last 26th July.’
    • ‘A friend called on his way to a test drive, and we departed for lunch.’
    • ‘A source at Mataram airport said flights continued as usual and the last flight departed for Bali with several empty seats.’
    • ‘His wife and another woman in the public gallery burst out sobbing as the verdicts were announced and as he departed for jail, they yelled insults at the police officer in the case.’
    leave, go, go away, go off, take one's leave, take oneself off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exit, break camp, decamp, retreat, beat a retreat, retire
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    1. 1.1Deviate from (an accepted, prescribed, or usual course of action)
      ‘he departed from the precedent set by many’
      • ‘Critics of humanism have for centuries declared that freethinkers once departing from religion have abandoned morality.’
      • ‘As well as departing from the normal milieu of Bulgarian theatre, the production is also very different from other interpretations of the play.’
      • ‘It departs from the usual folklorist concept of Hispanic rhythms.’
      • ‘The market for odd-numbered bills cannot clear if the price level departs from the prescribed level.’
      • ‘Stiller departs from his typecast of an awkward intellectual, which is to his credit.’
      • ‘It would be difficult to offer any advice to him right now that departs from the course he has put the country on for the time being.’
      • ‘The decision will now go before the Welsh Assembly Government for ratification because it departs from the local plan.’
      • ‘Readers have forwarded us links to the kind of buried stories departing from the media's party line that we usually flag.’
      • ‘"I never saw Dr Cheng departing from any compliance [with these regulations].’
      • ‘It departs from the photographic style she has mostly favoured and adopts a story-telling stance.’
      • ‘A separate competition chooses a memorial design that further departs from Libeskind's vision.’
      • ‘This is therefore not a reason for departing from the normal course.’
      • ‘In the former case the bank was held liable because it had departed from the very stringent practice prescribed in its own manual.’
      • ‘All questions have been submitted in advance and a moderator will silence anyone who departs from a pre-approved script.’
      • ‘Towards the end of the address, Adams turned his attention to the Minister for Justice, departing from the script to deliver a nasty little sting.’
      • ‘Persson's singing departs from her contained and clear intonation to hint at cute and rough in turn, while never testing her range or ability.’
      • ‘Even the flavour of the purple carrots departs from the norm.’
      • ‘It departs from Bunting's previous work, in which music was the driving force.’
      • ‘He ends his speech and departs from the plan, by making his way through the crowd to the Conservative club across the square.’
      • ‘The decision was scrutinised by the Welsh Assembly Government because it departs from the local plan.’
      deviate, diverge, digress, drift, stray, slew, veer, swerve, turn away, turn aside, branch off, differ, vary, be different
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    2. 1.2North American [with object]Leave (one's job)
      ‘he will soon depart his post as high commissioner to Britain’
      • ‘For employees, it is best to depart the job on the same terms as employment began.’
      • ‘We departed soon after, when a young couple walked past and began giggling.’
      • ‘Yet, such is the resonance and clarity of her voice that it lingers in the mind long after the woman herself has departed for pastures new.’
      • ‘Responding to the comments out-going Town Clerk Ger Scully said it was the second time he was departing from a position of town clerk.’
      • ‘Uncle Al finally departs his post no later than next January 31st.’
      • ‘George Washington, as we all know, advised strongly, as he departed his presidency, that we should avoid all entangling alliances with foreign nations.’
      • ‘And Oakland has something to prove to its former coach, Jon Gruden, who departed for greener pastures.’
      • ‘I wish Mr Bradley all the best as he departs from Council life.’
      • ‘Before departing for pastures new, many a sub has been known to pen some truly whopping headlines.’


  • depart this life

    • archaic Die.

      ‘he departed this life with a putrid liver’
      • ‘We will remember loved ones who have departed this life but we will especially pray for the bereaved to help them through this sad and lonely time of grieving and loss.’
      • ‘All his life he was a quiet, gentle and peaceful man and departed this life in the same manner.’
      • ‘It is nice to see that the old traditions of praying for relations who have departed this life, has survived in this modern age of cynicism.’
      • ‘He departed this life on Sunday, 22 April, at 5: 50 pm at his home in the company of his family and friends.’
      • ‘Sadly most of them have now departed this life, but they always will be remembered at Foynes.’
      pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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Middle English: from Old French departir, based on Latin dispertire to divide. The original sense was ‘separate’, also ‘take leave of each other’, hence ‘go away’.