- 1The action of leaving, especially to start a journey: the day of departure [count noun]: she made a hasty departureMore 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 workMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 Nautical The amount of a ship’s change of longitude.More 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).