- 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 depart
Then he disappeared by the same door through which I had watched him depart less than sixty seconds before.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Zeitz efficiently shows how their lives parallel and depart from the larger story of a rapidly changing America in those decades.The Battle over President Lincoln’s Legacy
February 8, 2014
“When V. Asaro attempted to depart in his car, agent observed him drive into a metal pole,” the papers note.A Goodfellas Sequel: A True-Life Lufthansa Figure Comes to Court
January 24, 2014
So al-Qaeda may well recover in months, not years, after we depart Afghanistan if the pressure on its base in Pakistan dwindles.Al Qaeda’s Next Comeback Could Be Afghanistan And Pakistan
January 13, 2014
The unit was still hunting for the sniper on Sept. 29, with less than 48 hours before it was scheduled to depart Iraq.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?
January 12, 2014
It occurred to him now that this might, in fact, be the time to depart.Within the Law
The crews of the French ships and their allies were ordered to depart in two days.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
He spoke, and rose to depart for ever—when the look and sigh detained him.Night and Morning, Complete
But this must be done with the most severe scrutiny, lest we depart from truth.
The turn the conversation had taken was painful to the visitor, and he rose to depart.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- 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 depart
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.