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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to go away from; leave: to depart this life.
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  1. Archaic. departure; death.
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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

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4. quit.

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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 for depart

1. arrive.
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Related Words for depart

quit, vacate, retire, evacuate, go, exit, remove, withdraw, escape, abandon, disappear, veer, deviate, stray, absent, abdicate, migrate, troop, secede, start

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British Dictionary definitions for 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)
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Word Origin for depart

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 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.

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