- 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.
- to go away from; leave: to depart this life.
- Archaic. departure; death.
Origin of depart
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Examples from the Web for departing
“The golden bridge for the departing lover I have always, I hope, provided when it became necessary,” he says.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
And they said that the blame for managing foreign policy crises can hardly be heaped on the departing secretary.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
According to numerous reports, the departing attorney general, Eric Holder, agreed.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
Even though she believed she was departing on good terms, she said, “I was treated as if I had done something terrible.”Spies, Cash, and Fear: Inside Christian Money Guru Dave Ramsey’s Social Media Witch Hunt
Matthew Paul Turner
May 29, 2014
He might have been a little more liable to worry because they were departing from their usual routine.Ex-Cop’s Shooting of Texting Moviegoer Ends in Tragedy
January 15, 2014
The two youths jumped with all their strength to reach the departing galley.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The neighbor stood in the doorway, and looked after the departing couple.Rico and Wiseli
The flutter of the departing skirt, as he came into the room, assured him it was one of these.The Boy Life of Napoleon
They ask for Mademoiselle, are consternated when they learn of her departing.The Incomplete Amorist
Mr. Galloway, when he was departing, beckoned Constance into the hall.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- to go away; leave
- to start out; set forth
- (usually foll by from) to deviate; differ; varyto depart from normal procedure
- (tr) to quit (archaic, except in the phrase depart this life)
Word Origin and History for departing
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.