Definition of departed in US English:



  • Deceased.

    ‘a dear departed relative’
    • ‘‘Why don't you do a film on Babaji,’ the now departed Swami had asked him.’
    • ‘The triumphalism gives way to the mourning contemplation of a dear departed friend's great qualities of heart and mind.’
    • ‘Several other scholars and organisations have condoled his demise and paid tributes to the departed soul.’
    • ‘They were discussing the trip to the mainland, shopping for just the right casket for their dear departed friend.’
    • ‘Colleagues held a minute's silence as a mark of respect for their departed friend at last Friday night's card drive in Knock Community Centre.’
    • ‘I know things about you that nobody else knows, not even your dear departed husband.’
    • ‘The book also features the final work of my dear departed friend Edvin Biukovic, artist of Grendel and Human Target.’
    • ‘It's difficult not to be moved by Frequency, a poem to Lee which pictures the departed sticksman ‘lying awake on top of silver clouds’.’
    • ‘After the war, the district was reborn as Peace Memorial Park, a place where people come to comfort the departed souls and pray for enduring human peace.’
    • ‘By visiting it on an occasion when people went to shrines and temples as a mark of respect and remembrance to departed souls, Koizumi felt that he was apparently doing no harm.’
    • ‘God bless our departed brother-in-arms, a risen rainbow warrior for peace and sustainable harmony.’
    • ‘Colleagues from his days in St. Patrick's Training College in Dublin came from various parts of the country to pay tribute to their departed friend.’
    • ‘Some attended workshops to make little candle lanterns that illuminated the face of a dead ancestor - or occasionally a departed kittycat.’
    • ‘His popularity was evident when thousands turned up at Thiru-vananthapuram to pay homage to the departed comrade and console his wife and three children.’
    • ‘After a minute's silence for departed members the meeting was zipped through in exemplary fashion - no hanging around with Chairman James!’
    • ‘The chief minister expressed his personal condolences to the members of the bereaved family of Prof Azad and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.’
    • ‘And it is no length ago since the sadly departed Charlie McCreevy was telling us that we are throwing too much money and not enough action at the problem.’
    • ‘York Wasps paid the perfect tribute to their departed coach Lee Crooks yesterday by finally delivering the kind of committed performance he so desperately wanted to see.’
    • ‘Among the many things credited to the departed comedian, Sauzande, was his contribution to the development of the local film industry.’
    • ‘Jerry Kupcinet has some nice memories of the departed Mr. Hackett.’
    dead, deceased, late, lost, lamented
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the departed
  • A particular dead person or dead people.

    ‘the prayer for the departed’
    • ‘I suggested, (very quietly to my Mother) that it felt like we should put the chairs in a circle, hold hands and try to make contact with our dear departeds.’
    • ‘The secondhand 1983 Cadillac De Ville had previously been owned by a Queens funeral home and had ushered thousands of dearly departeds to their final resting place.’
    • ‘Sponsorship cards are still available and everyone who participates in this walk will have played a part in remembering the faithfully departed of the area.’
    • ‘Anyone who would like to participate can bring photos, mementos, flowers (marigolds and gladiolus are traditional), their departed's favorite foods.’
    • ‘Also include the epitaph you want to appear with your late cherished link, on our memorial list of departeds.’
    • ‘Local cemeteries hold not only the remains of our dearly departed but are also a treasure trove of information waiting to be gleaned from the monuments to be found there.’
    • ‘We usually open up the episode with the girls talking about their dearly departeds, but this time there was nobody to mourn.’
    • ‘At first, I was pleasantly surprised that a direct marketing copywriter, the late Arthur Schiff, was among those honored by the magazine's annual tribute to the year's notable departeds.’
    • ‘We approached the graceful verandah covered in wisteria, and we instinctively lowered our voices, as we could sense the spirits of the departed wafting around.’
    • ‘Over meals she would run through her list of dearly departeds, talk about her grandchildren, complain about her poverty and tell amazing stories about the War and '47 famine in Ukraine.’
    • ‘They find an unopened card on the tombstone with a poem about dancing on the departed's grave to celebrate their lives.’
    • ‘Sometimes more than one connection will be made with the other side, and the messages can actually be from two or more departeds.’
    • ‘We send our condolences to the family, yet are mindful that they have a pair of Bells to remind them of their dear departeds.’
    • ‘In terms of land use, the typical cemetery can hold between 1,000 and 2,000 dearly departeds per acre, so we're devoting a maximum of 1,700 acres of new cemetery ground each year.’
    dead, deceased, late, lost, lamented
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