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departure

[ dih-pahr-cher ]
/ dɪˈpɑr tʃər /
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noun
an act or instance of departing: the time of departure; a hasty departure.
divergence or deviation, as from a standard, rule, etc.: a departure from accepted teaching methods.
Navigation.
  1. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
  2. point of departure.
Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
Archaic. death.
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Origin of departure

1375–1425; late Middle English <Old French departëure; compare Anglo-French departir (noun use of infinitive). See depart, -ure

OTHER WORDS FROM departure

non·de·par·ture, nounpre·de·par·ture, noun
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How to use departure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for departure

departure
/ (dɪˈpɑːtʃə) /

noun
the act or an instance of departing
a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
a project, course of action, venture, etcselling is a new departure for him
nautical
  1. the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
  2. Also called: point of departure the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
a euphemistic word for death
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