[ dih-pahrt ]
See synonyms for: departdeparteddeparting on

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.

  1. to pass away, as from life or existence; die.

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

  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.)

synonym study For depart

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.

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Opposites for depart

Other words from depart

  • un·de·part·ing, adjective

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How to use depart in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for depart


/ (dɪˈpɑːt) /

verb(mainly intr)
  1. to go away; leave

  2. to start out; set forth

  1. (usually foll by from) to deviate; differ; vary: to depart from normal procedure

  2. (tr) to quit (archaic, except in the phrase depart this life)

Origin of 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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