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From Old French deporteure (departure," figuratively, "death)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈpɑː(ɹ)tjə(ɹ)/, /dɪˈpɑː(ɹ)tʃə(ɹ)/
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departure (plural departures)

  1. The act of departing or something that has departed.
    The departure was scheduled for noon.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, 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”, 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.
  3. A death.
  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.



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