Definition of departed in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈpärdəd/


Deceased: a dear departed relative
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  • The triumphalism gives way to the mourning contemplation of a dear departed friend's great qualities of heart and mind.
  • They were discussing the trip to the mainland, shopping for just the right casket for their dear departed friend.
  • I know things about you that nobody else knows, not even your dear departed husband.
dead, expired, gone, no more, passed on/away;
perished, fallen
formal deceased
euphemistic with God, asleep


(the departed)
A particular dead person or dead people: the prayer for the departed
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  • They find an unopened card on the tombstone with a poem about dancing on the departed's grave to celebrate their lives.
  • The secondhand 1983 Cadillac De Ville had previously been owned by a Queens funeral home and had ushered thousands of dearly departeds to their final resting place.
  • In terms of land use, the typical cemetery can hold between 1,000 and 2,000 dearly departeds per acre, so we're devoting a maximum of 1,700 acres of new cemetery ground each year.

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Syllabification: de·part·ed

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