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departed

[dih-pahr-tid]
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adjective
  1. deceased; dead.
  2. gone; past.
noun
  1. the departed,
    1. the dead person referred to.
    2. dead persons collectively.

Origin of departed

First recorded in 1550–60; depart + -ed2
Related formsun·de·part·ed, adjective

depart

[dih-pahrt]
verb (used without object)
  1. to go away; leave: She departed from Paris today. The train departs at 10:52.
  2. to diverge or deviate (usually followed by from): The new method departs from the old in several respects.
  3. to pass away, as from life or existence; die.
verb (used with object)
  1. to go away from; leave: to depart this life.
noun
  1. Archaic. departure; death.

Origin of depart

1175–1225; Middle English departen < Old French departir, equivalent to de- de- + partir to go away; see part (v.)
Related formsun·de·part·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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4. quit.

Synonym study

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.

Antonyms

1. arrive.
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Examples from the Web for departed

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  • They were the last she heard sung by Paralus, the night Anaxagoras departed from Athens.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I asked, 'Is this the divine home, whence I departed into the body?'

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Garson's comment as she departed was uttered with his accustomed bluntness.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Rico cast one look at the fiddle, and departed with deep sadness in his heart.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri


British Dictionary definitions for departed

departed

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

depart

verb (mainly intr)
  1. to go away; leave
  2. to start out; set forth
  3. (usually foll by from) to deviate; differ; varyto depart from normal procedure
  4. (tr) 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

depart

v.

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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