departure Definition

  • 1the act of leaving a place, especially at the start of a journey
  • 2a deviation from an accepted, prescribed, or traditional course of action or thought

Using departure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "departure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The plane's departure is scheduled for 9:00 am.

  • Example

    Her sudden departure left us all in shock.

  • Example

    The company's departure from traditional marketing strategies was a risky move.

  • Example

    His departure from the party's platform caused controversy.

departure Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for departure

Idioms Using departure

  • to leave a place, especially after a social gathering or event


    As the party wound down, we made our departure and said our goodbyes.

  • a deviation from the usual or expected way of doing things


    The artist's latest work represents a departure from the norm, with its bold use of color and unconventional composition.

  • a situation where someone is not dealing with things as they really are


    His constant daydreaming is a departure from reality and makes it difficult for him to focus on his work.

Phrases with departure

  • a waiting area in an airport where passengers can wait before boarding their flight


    We spent two hours in the departure lounge before our flight was called.

  • the time when a vehicle or mode of transportation is scheduled to leave


    The departure time for the train is 3:30 pm.

  • the specific gate at an airport where passengers board their flight


    Our departure gate is number 12.

Origins of departure

from Old French 'departir', meaning 'to divide'


Summary: departure in Brief

The term 'departure' [dɪˈpɑːtʃə(r)] refers to leaving a place, especially at the start of a journey, or a deviation from an accepted course of action. It can be used in contexts like 'The plane's departure is scheduled for 9:00 am.' or 'His departure from the party's platform caused controversy.' Phrases like 'departure lounge' and idioms like 'make one's departure' are also common. 'Departure from the norm' denotes a deviation from the usual, while 'departure from reality' implies a lack of focus.

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