Definition of depart in English:


Line breaks: de¦part
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɑːt


[no object]
1Leave, especially in order to start a journey: they departed for Germany a contingent was departing from Cairo
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  • At 12.30 pm the air ambulance flight departed for Clermont, France.
  • 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.
  • Another concert was held for the primary students next morning before the group departed for its Friday night concert at Maungaturoto.
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;
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
1.1 (depart from) Deviate from (an accepted, prescribed, or usual course of action): he departed from the precedent set by many
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  • 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.
  • This is therefore not a reason for departing from the normal course.
  • Critics of humanism have for centuries declared that freethinkers once departing from religion have abandoned morality.
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
rare divagate
1.2 [with object] North American Leave (one’s job): he will soon depart his post as high commissioner to Britain
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  • For employees, it is best to depart the job on the same terms as employment began.
  • George Washington, as we all know, advised strongly, as he departed his presidency, that we should avoid all entangling alliances with foreign nations.
  • Uncle Al finally departs his post no later than next January 31st.


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'.


depart this life

archaic Die: he departed this life with a putrid liver
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  • Sadly most of them have now departed this life, but they always will be remembered at Foynes.
  • He departed this life on Sunday, 22 April, at 5: 50 pm at his home in the company of his family and friends.
  • 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.

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