Definition of departure in US English:

departure

noun

  • 1The action of leaving, especially to start a journey.

    ‘the day of departure’
    ‘she made a hasty departure’
    • ‘The departure lounge at Kirkwall was packed with enough local worthies to fill a jumbo jet.’
    • ‘Needless to say Sally wasn't too impressed about my hasty departure.’
    • ‘From arrival to departure, the friendship and hospitality extended to Reg were overwhelming.’
    • ‘There is a perception that buying foreign currency at the airport departure lounge can be expensive.’
    • ‘After Mr Weaver's departure the council launched a pay review in a bid to stop directors leaving.’
    • ‘It's more about the lyrics of the record, which revolve around departure and going on to other things.’
    • ‘Lynette had spotted Agravaine shortly after the departure of Gwyneth and Gaheris to Orkney.’
    • ‘About 30 minutes later I questioned my hasty departure and returned to check out the price.’
    • ‘The trip was slow because we had to wait for the real departure.’
    • ‘The Bahamas Spirit originally arrived at the terminal last week, but her departure was delayed for engine repairs.’
    • ‘In the Oberoi Flight Services kitchen, food is cooked eight hours in advance of flight departure.’
    • ‘Many survivors said the fire began about 90 minutes after departure, but the ship kept going.’
    • ‘After the hasty departure of the two members of the Special Branch, we heard nothing from Scotland Yard for almost two days.’
    • ‘Their departure was apparently prompted by policy disagreements.’
    • ‘We met several more of the LGMC boys waiting for departure and most of them are on our train so I'll head back once we get underway and catch up with them.’
    • ‘Most airlines advise passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight's scheduled departure.’
    • ‘Their approach may have triggered the thief's hasty departure, said Wade.’
    • ‘Rumours still swirl as to what precipitated the conductor's departure.’
    • ‘The detour or departure from this journey is usually short lived once the map is drawn.’
    • ‘On the day of departure the team received a cheque for $3,500 the result of fundraising on their base.’
    leaving, going, going away, going off, leave-taking, withdrawal, exit, egress, quitting, decamping, retreat, retirement, retiral
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    1. 1.1 A deviation from an accepted, prescribed, or traditional course of action or thought.
      ‘a departure from their usual style’
      • ‘That does seem to be a departure from the original plan.’
      • ‘Again, his views on immigration are a significant departure from the current orthodoxy within his own party.’
      • ‘This is a major departure from the electoral procedures laid down by law.’
      • ‘In a departure from the norm, you are offered a choice of starters first, both non-vegetarian and vegetarian.’
      • ‘When the original hall was built, it was itself a departure from the medieval style of mansion and was the first manor house in the county made of brick and stone.’
      • ‘The idea may be a departure from the traditional ruthless image of investment banks, but Robey says it's no hollow promise.’
      • ‘He said he was now hoping the negotiations for a new contract period would begin this year, which would be a departure from the past.’
      • ‘He said building houses on the site was a minor departure from the original plans for good economic reasons and because of this should be approved.’
      • ‘In a complete departure from themes of popular culture, Coupland examines issues of loss, grief and faith.’
      • ‘It was, of course, a huge departure from the tradition represented by Perkin.’
      • ‘But on this occasion there was an astonishing departure from the routine.’
      • ‘But a departure from routine can be used effectively to signal political displeasure.’
      • ‘The story was a refreshing departure from the average narrative plot, while still remaining entertaining.’
      • ‘And our new songs are a drastic departure from what we were doing before.’
      • ‘This is a departure from last year's event which was only open to business people under the age of thirty-five.’
      • ‘We understand that this is a departure from our usual attitude.’
      • ‘The College expansion will need approval because it is a departure from the 1956 Development Town Map.’
      • ‘The first shift required is a departure from being concerned only with patients who are referred to outpatient clinics.’
      • ‘A diabetic diet need not mean a complete departure from a normal one; often, a few adjustments will suffice.’
      • ‘Of course, this means a radical departure from current planning processes.’
      deviation, divergence, digression, shift, variation, change
      change of direction, change, difference of emphasis, innovation, novelty, rarity
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    2. 1.2Nautical The east–west distance between two points, especially as traveled by a ship or aircraft and expressed in miles.
      • ‘When it's foggy with little to no wind in San Diego, the airport will switch operations to the opposite direction so we make our approaches and departures toward the east.’
      • ‘Therefore, in plane sailing, the departure between two places is measured generally on that parallel of latitude which lies midway between the parallels of the two places.’
      • ‘In this landscape we recomposed ourselves, delayed our departure and drove east.’
      • ‘Since a ship rarely sails for any length of time due east or due west, the difference in departure cannot ordinarily be found as in ordinary sailing.’
      • ‘The new train is called the Kentucky Cardinal and features evening departures and overnight travel southbound from Chicago and northbound from Jeffersonville via Indianapolis.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French departeure, from the verb departir (see depart).

Pronunciation

departure

/dəˈpärCHər//dəˈpɑrtʃər/