Definition of departure in English:


Syllabification: de·par·ture
Pronunciation: /diˈpärCHər


  • 1The action of leaving, typically to start a journey: the day of departure she made a hasty departure
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    • Their approach may have triggered the thief's hasty departure, said Wade.
    • The departure lounge at Kirkwall was packed with enough local worthies to fill a jumbo jet.
    • About 30 minutes later I questioned my hasty departure and returned to check out the price.
  • 1.1A deviation from an accepted, prescribed, or traditional course of action or thought: a departure from their usual style
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    • It was, of course, a huge departure from the tradition represented by Perkin.
    • Of course, this means a radical departure from current planning processes.
    • The first shift required is a departure from being concerned only with patients who are referred to outpatient clinics.
    deviation, divergence, digression, shift; variation, changechange, innovation, novelty, rarity
  • 1.2 Nautical The east-west distance between two points, especially as traveled by a ship or aircraft and expressed in miles.
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    • The new train is called the Kentucky Cardinal and features evening departures and overnight travel southbound from Chicago and northbound from Jeffersonville via Indianapolis.
    • 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.
    • In this landscape we recomposed ourselves, delayed our departure and drove east.


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

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