May 04, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
depart /diˈpɑɚt/ verb

departs; departed; departing

The train is ready to depart the station.
The train is ready to depart the station.
Learner's definition of DEPART

1 somewhat formal

a : to leave a place especially to start a journey

[no object]

  • The group is scheduled to depart tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

  • Our flight departs at 6:15 a.m.

  • The train departed (from the station) on time.

[+ object]


  • The train departed the station on time.

b [no object] : to leave a job or position

  • He is departing after 20 years with the company.

  • She is replacing the departing manager. [=the manager who is leaving that job]

2 [no object] : to change something or do something in a different way — usually + from

  • The river departs [=turns, deviates] from its original course a few miles downstream.

  • The actors were not allowed to depart from the script. [=they were not allowed to say anything that was not in the script]

  • The company's managers don't want to depart from an approach that has worked well in the past. [=they do not want to change their approach]

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