verb de·part \di-ˈpärt, dē-\

: to leave a place especially to start a journey ( US )

: to leave a job or position

: to change something or do something in a different way

Full Definition of DEPART

intransitive verb
a :  to go away :  leave
b :  die
:  to turn aside :  deviate
transitive verb
:  to go away from :  leave

Origin of DEPART

Middle English, to divide, part company, from Anglo-French departir, from de- + partir to divide, from Latin partire, from part-, pars part
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DEPART

swerve, veer, deviate, depart, digress, diverge mean to turn aside from a straight course. swerve may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness <swerved to avoid hitting the dog>. veer implies a major change in direction <at that point the path veers to the right>. deviate implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course <never deviated from her daily routine>. depart suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type <occasionally departs from his own guidelines>. digress applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse <a professor prone to digress>. diverge may equal depart but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions <after school their paths diverged>.
DEPART Defined for Kids


verb de·part \di-ˈpärt\

Definition of DEPART for Kids

:  to go away or go away from :  leave <They departed school for home.>
:  to turn away from <Do not depart from your chosen path.>
depart this life
:  1die 1


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