- 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.
- point of departure.
- Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
- Archaic. death.
Origin of departure
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1. leaving, going, exit, leave-taking.
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Examples from the Web for departure
The poet apparently collapsed in the street upon his departure from “The Horse” and died not long after.The Bars That Made America Great
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But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
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Now, the departure of 70-year-old Jeffries seems 10 years too late.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween
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The last editor-in-chief, Kim Osorio, stepped down in April 2013, with no official announcement regarding her departure.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
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With the departure of all GLS staff from Iraq, there is no one remaining who can verify your time worked on the GLS contract.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
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Now this, it seems to me, is my point of departure for the estimate of my possible resources.The Conquest of Fear
At my departure their tomb had been hidden in the morning mist.Fragments from The Journal of a Solitary Man
Mrs. Weston sadly missed her young friend after his departure.Life in London
For half an hour I was in momentary expectation of his departure.Lady Susan
He soon took his departure, a stableboy driving him back to the village.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- the act or an instance of departing
- a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
- a project, course of action, venture, etcselling is a new departure for him
- the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
- Also called: point of departurethe 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
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