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1‘James departed soon after lunch’
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
make off, clear out, make oneself scarce, run off, run away, flee, fly, bolt
set off, set out, start out, get going, get under way, be on one's way
informal make tracks, up sticks, pack one's bags, shove off, push off, clear off, take off, skedaddle, scram, split, scoot, flit
British informal sling one's hook
North American informal vamoose, hightail it, cut out
formal repair, remove
literary betake oneself
rare abstract oneself
2‘the budget announcement departed from the trend of recent years’
deviate, diverge, digress, drift, stray, slew, veer, swerve, turn away, turn aside, branch off, differ, vary, be different
be at variance with, run counter to, contrast with, contravene, contradict
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