deceased; dead.
gone; past.


the departed,
  1. the dead person referred to.
  2. dead persons collectively.

Origin of departed

First recorded in 1550–60; depart + -ed2
Related formsun·de·part·ed, adjective



verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to go away from; leave: to depart this life.


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.)
Related formsun·de·part·ing, adjective

Synonyms for depart

4. quit.

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for departed

deceased, gone, buried, stiff, expired, late

Examples from the Web for departed

Contemporary Examples of departed

Historical Examples of departed

  • They were the last she heard sung by Paralus, the night Anaxagoras departed from Athens.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I asked, 'Is this the divine home, whence I departed into the body?'


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Garson's comment as she departed was uttered with his accustomed bluntness.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Rico cast one look at the fiddle, and departed with deep sadness in his heart.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for departed



  1. dead; deceased
  2. (as sing or collective noun; preceded by the)the departed


verb (mainly intr)

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 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 departed



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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