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[dih-pahr-tid] /dɪˈpɑr tɪd/
deceased; dead.
gone; past.
the departed.
  1. the dead person referred to.
  2. dead persons collectively.
Origin of departed
1550-60; depart + -ed2
Related forms
undeparted, adjective


[dih-pahrt] /dɪˈpɑrt/
verb (used without object)
to go away; leave:
She departed from Paris today. The train departs at 10:52.
to diverge or deviate (usually followed by from):
The new method departs from the old in several respects.
to pass away, as from life or existence; die.
verb (used with object)
to go away from; leave:
to depart this life.
Archaic. departure; death.
1175-1225; Middle English departen < Old French departir, equivalent to de- de- + partir to go away; see part (v.)
Related forms
undeparting, adjective
1. Depart, retire, retreat, withdraw imply leaving a place. Depart is a somewhat literary word for going away from a place: to depart on a journey. Retire emphasizes absenting oneself or drawing back from a place: to retire from a position in battle. Retreat implies a necessary withdrawal, especially as a result of adverse fortune in war: to retreat to secondary lines of defense. Withdraw suggests leaving some specific place or situation, usually for some definite and often unpleasant reason: to withdraw from a hopeless task. 4. quit.
1. arrive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for departed
  • Dead he is not, but departed,-for the artist never dies.
  • And after the service was done they put on their helms and departed, and there was great sorrow.
  • But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
  • It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days.
  • Long narratives of battles and of heroic deaths were mingled with eulogies of departed heroes.
  • Fans in four cities miss their departed broadcast legends.
  • How keen the sorrow when a longtime, dear friend has departed this world.
  • All the yachts have departed, and the harbor looks quite deserted.
  • Arranged on top of the pile was approximately half of a rock collection, left there by a long-departed geology instructor.
  • In the end the early departed have no longer need of us.
British Dictionary definitions for departed


  1. dead; deceased
  2. (as sing or collective noun; preceded by the): the departed


verb (mainly intransitive)
to go away; leave
to start out; set forth
(usually foll by from) to deviate; differ; vary: to depart from normal procedure
(transitive) to quit (archaic, except in the phrase depart this life)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French departir, from de- + partir to go away, divide, from Latin partīrī to divide, distribute, from pars a part
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Word Origin and History for departed



mid-13c., "part from each other," from Old French departir (10c.) "to divide, distribute; separate (oneself), depart; die," from Late Latin departire "divide" (transitive), from de- "from" (see de-) + partire "to part, divide," from pars (genitive partis) "a part" (see part (n.)).

As a euphemism for "to die" (to depart this life; cf. Old French departir de cest siecle) it is attested from c.1500, as is the departed for "the dead," singly or collectively. Transitive lingers in some English usages; the wedding service was till death us depart until 1662. Related: Departed; departing.

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