Origin: 1175–1225;Middle Englishdeparten < Old Frenchdepartir, equivalent to de-de- + partir to go away; see part (v.)
Synonyms 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.
early 13c., from O.Fr. departir, from L.L. departire "divide" (transitive), from de- "from" + partire "to part, divide," from pars (gen. partis) "a part." As a euphemism for "to die" (to depart this life) it is attested from c.1500. Transitive in Eng. lingers in some senses;
the wedding service was till death us depart until 1662.