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From Old French deporteure (departure; figuratively, death).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈpɑː(ɹ)tjə(ɹ)/, /dɪˈpɑː(ɹ)t͡ʃə(ɹ)/
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departure (countable and uncountable, plural departures)

  1. The act of departing or something that has departed.
    The departure was scheduled for noon.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. In the road Mr. Love and the driver favoured the company with a brief chanty running: “Got it?—No, I ain't, 'old on,—Got it? Got it?—No, 'old on sir.”
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      Villa spent most of the second period probing from wide areas and had a succession of corners but despite their profligacy they will be glad to overturn the 6-0 hammering they suffered at St James' Park in August following former boss Martin O'Neill's departure.
  2. A deviation from a plan or procedure.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Prescott
      any departure from a national standard
    • There are several significant departures, however, from current practice.
  3. (euphemistic) A death.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, 2 Timothy 4:6
      The time of my departure is at hand.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Philip Sidney
      His timely departure [] barred him from the knowledge of his son's miseries.
  4. (navigation) The distance due east or west made by a ship in its course reckoned in plane sailing as the product of the distance sailed and the sine of the angle made by the course with the meridian.
  5. (surveying) The difference in easting between the two ends of a line or curve.
    The area is computed by latitudes and departures.
  6. (law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  7. (obsolete) Division; separation; putting away.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      no other remedy [] but absolute departure



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