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 departing

last, farewell, final, goodbye

Examples from the Web for departing

Contemporary Examples of departing

Historical Examples of departing

  • The two youths jumped with all their strength to reach the departing galley.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The neighbor stood in the doorway, and looked after the departing couple.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The flutter of the departing skirt, as he came into the room, assured him it was one of these.

  • They ask for Mademoiselle, are consternated when they learn of her departing.

  • Mr. Galloway, when he was departing, beckoned Constance into the hall.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for departing


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 departing



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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