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.
the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
Archaic. death.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French departëure; compare Anglo-French departir (noun use of infinitive). See depart, -ure

nondeparture, noun
predeparture, noun

1. leaving, going, exit, leave-taking. Unabridged
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departure (dɪˈpɑːtʃə)
1.  the act or an instance of departing
2.  a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
3.  a project, course of action, venture, etc: selling is a new departure for him
4.  nautical
 a.  the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
 b.  Also called: point of departure the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
5.  a euphemistic word for death

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Word Origin & History

1520s, from O.Fr. desparteure, from L.L. *dispartitura, from dispartire (see depart).
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Example sentences
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.
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