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[dih-pahr-cher] /dɪˈpɑr tʃər/
an act or instance of departing:
the time of departure; a hasty departure.
divergence or deviation, as from a standard, rule, etc.:
a departure from accepted teaching methods.
  1. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
  2. point of departure.
Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
Archaic. death.
Origin of departure
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French departëure; compare Anglo-French departir (noun use of infinitive). See depart, -ure
Related forms
nondeparture, noun
predeparture, noun
1. leaving, going, exit, leave-taking. Unabridged
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  • His departure inspired more resignations and realignment plans, leaving the world's largest record company nearly paralyzed.
  • Start reading it in the departure lounge, skip the in-flight movie, and you'll be done on landing.
  • His scheduled departure is part of a system cost-cutting plan that requires some small campuses to share presidents.
  • In fact, the departure of a boss is often a sign that a board has failed too.
  • However, perhaps your comment gives away the reason for your departure.
  • Actual value of may vary based on point of departure.
  • His departure came as a disappointment to nonprofit-college lobbyists but not as a surprise.
  • Neat animals nonetheless, certainly a fascinating departure from the giant herbivores.
  • She also loved that new cherry color makes this a true departure from the familiar gold rudbeckia.
  • The new research marks a significant departure from previous studies.
British Dictionary definitions for departure


the act or an instance of departing
a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
a project, course of action, venture, etc: selling is a new departure for him
  1. the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
  2. Also called point of departure. the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
a euphemistic word for death
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Word Origin and History for departure

mid-15c., from Old French deporteure "departure," figuratively, "death," from departir (see depart) + -ure (see -ure).

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