Meaning of departure


A departure is the act of leaving somewhere. Think about an airport that has departure gates for outgoing passengers and an arrival area for people flying in.

Since departing means to leave, a departure is an act of leaving. There are many type of departures, such as when you go to the store or take a flight. A departure can be a metaphor too, as in a departure from the norm, like if a TV cop show suddenly turns into a vampire show. If a comedian starts being serious, that’s a departure too. This word is also a euphemism for death, as in “a departure from life.”

Definitions of departure
  1. noun

    the act of departing


    going, going away, leaving

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    breaking away

    departing hastily
    farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting

    the act of departing politely
    French leave

    an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)
    disappearance, disappearing

    the act of leaving secretly or without explanation

    the act of withdrawing

    the departure of a vessel from a port
    boarding, embarkation, embarkment

    the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft

    the act of going out
    despatch, dispatch, shipment

    the act of sending off something

    a departure; especially of airplanes

    the act of saying farewell

    a sudden disappearance from sight
    effacement, self-effacement

    withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous

    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
    retirement, retreat

    withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

    the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection

    breaking camp
    abandonment, defection, desertion

    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

    (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops)

    (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy’s superior forces or after a defeat
    receding, recession

    the act of becoming more distant

    the act of shipping again (especially by transferring to another ship)
    type of:

    act, deed, human action, human activity

    something that people do or cause to happen

  2. noun

    a variation that deviates from the standard or norm


    deviation, difference, divergence

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    discrepancy, variance, variant

    an event that departs from expectations

    the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
    flection, flexion, inflection

    deviation from a straight or normal course
    type of:

    fluctuation, variation

    an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

  3. noun

    euphemistic expressions for death


    exit, expiration, going, loss, passing, release

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    death, decease, demise, expiry

    the event of dying or departure from life

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