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departure Line breaks: de¦part|ure
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɑːtʃə/

Definition of departure in English:


[mass noun]
1The action of leaving, especially to start a journey: the day of departure [count noun]: she made a hasty departure
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] A deviation from an accepted, prescribed, or usual course of action: the album is not a radical departure from the band’s previous work
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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, change
change of direction, change, difference of emphasis, innovation, novelty, rarity
1.2 Nautical The amount of a ship’s change of longitude.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with departure

archer, kwacha, marcher, starcher, viscacha
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