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1. The act of leaving.
2. A starting out, as on a trip or a new course of action.
3. A divergence or deviation, as from an established rule, plan, or procedure: ordered curry as a departure from his usual bland diet.
4. Nautical The distance sailed due east or west by a ship on its course.
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1. the act or an instance of departing
2. a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
3. a project, course of action, venture, etc: selling is a new departure for him.
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical
a. the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
b. Also called: point of departure the latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
5. a euphemistic word for death
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(dɪˈpɑr tʃər)

1. an act or instance of departing.
2. divergence or deviation, as from a standard or rule.
3. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
4. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
5. Archaic. death.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French departëure. See depart, -ure]
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(See also ESCAPE.)

cut and run To leave as quickly as possible; to take off without further to-do; in slang terms, to split or cut out. These figurative meanings derive from the nautical use of cut and run which dates from the 18th century. According to a book on sailing entitled Rigging and Seamanship (1794), cut and run means “to cut the cable and make sail instantly, without waiting to weigh anchor.” By extension, this expression can be used to describe any type of quick getaway.

The alternative was to go to jail, or as the phrase is, to cut and run. (H. H. Brackenridge, Modern Chivalry, 1815)

Both nautical and figurative uses are current today.

cut one’s stick To be off, to go away, to depart, to leave; also to cut one’s lucky, although the sense here is more to decamp, to escape. This British slang expression, which dates from the early 19th century, is said to have come from the custom of cutting a walking stick prior to a departure.

do a moonlight flit To leave a hotel or other accommodation without paying the bill. This expression, often used jocularly in England, has a self-evident application and is sometimes applied to any situation in which someone is said to evade his responsibilities.

hoist the blue peter To indicate or advertise that departure is imminent. A “blue peter” is a flag of the International Code of Signals for the letter “P,” used aboard vessels to signal that preparations are being made for departure. A blue flag with a white square in the center, it is a signal for hands on shore to come aboard and for others to conclude business with the crew. It dates from about 1800. By 1823, figurative use of hoist the blue peter gained currency, as exemplified in the following quotation from Byron’s Don Juan (1823):

It is time that I should hoist my “blue Peter,”
And sail for a new theme.

Blue peter is also the name for a move in whist in which one plays an unnecessarily high card as a call for trumps.

make tracks To leave rapidly; to hotfoot it; to flee or escape. This expression alludes to the trail or tracks created by the passage of human beings or animals through woods, snow, etc. The phrase has been in widespread use since the early 19th century.

I’d a made him make tracks, I guess. (Thomas Haliburton, Clockmaster, 1835)

pull up stakes To move or relocate; to leave one’s job, home, etc., for another part of the country.

They just pulled up stakes and left for parts unknown. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune Magazine, April, 1950)

Stakes are sticks or posts used as markers to delimit the boundaries of one’s property. In colonial times, literally pulling up stakes meant that one was giving up one’s land in order to move on, just as driving them in meant that one was laying claim to the enclosed land to set up housekeeping.

shake the dust from one’s feet To depart resolutely from an unpleasant or disagreeable place; to leave in anger, exasperation, or contempt.

I then paid off my lodgings, and “shaking the dust from my feet,” bid a long adieu to London. (Frances Burney, Cecilia, 1782)

The expression, which implies a certain abruptness, is found in Matthew 10:14 where Jesus is speaking to the disciples before sending them out to preach the Word:

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

take to the tall timber To depart unexpectedly and with little to-do; to escape. Tall timber originally referred to a heavily timbered, uninhabited area in the forest. This colloquial Americanism, often used literally, dates from the early 1800s.

I fell off three times; finally the disgusted critter took to the tall timber, leaving me to hike onward and to get across the frigid stream as best I could. (Sky Line Trail, October 18, 1949)

Variants of this expression include break or strike or pull for tall timber.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.departure - the act of departingdeparture - the act of departing      
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
breaking away - departing hastily
leave-taking, parting, farewell, leave - the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"
French leave - an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)
disappearance, disappearing - the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"
sailing - the departure of a vessel from a port
boarding, embarkation, embarkment - the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
exit - the act of going out
dispatch, shipment, despatch - the act of sending off something
takeoff - a departure; especially of airplanes
2.departure - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
variation, fluctuation - an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
variance, variant, discrepancy - an event that departs from expectations
driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
flection, flexion, inflection - deviation from a straight or normal course
3.departure - euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
death, decease, expiry - the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
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1. leaving, going, retirement, withdrawal, exit, going away, removal, exodus, leave-taking, setting out or off The airline has more than 90 scheduled departures from here each day.
leaving coming, return, appearance, arrival, entrance, advent
2. retirement, going, withdrawal, resignation, retreat, exit, going away, removal This would inevitably involve his departure from the post.
3. shift, change, difference, variation, innovation, novelty, veering, deviation, branching out, divergence, digression This album is a considerable departure from her previous work.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. The act of leaving:
2. A departing from what is prescribed:
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رَحيل، مُغادَرَه، إنْطِلاقمُغادَرَة
sự ra đi


A. N
1. [of person] → partida f, marcha f (from de) [of train, plane] → salida f (from de) the departure of this flight has been delayedse ha retrasado la salida de este vuelo
his sudden departure worried ussu marcha repentina nos dejó preocupados
"Departures" (Aer, Rail) → Salidas
point of departurepunto m de partida
to take one's departure (frm) → marcharse
2. (fig) (from custom, principle) → desviación f (from de) this is a departure from the normesto se aparta de la norma
this is a departure from the truthesto no representa la verdad
3. (= trend, course) a new departureun rumbo nuevo, una novedad
B. CPD departure board N (Aer, Rail) → tablón m de salidas, panel m de salidas
departure gate N (Aer) → puerta f de embarque
departure language N (Ling) → lengua f de origen
departure lounge N (Aer) → sala f de embarque
departure time Nhora f de salida
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[dɪˈpɑːrtʃər] n
[traveller] → départ m; [plane, train, bus] → départ m
departure for [+ country, city] → départ pour
departure from [+ country, city] → départ de
(= resignation) [worker] → départ m
(= deviation) departure from → écart m par rapport à
a new departure → un changement de directiondeparture board ntableau m des départsdeparture gate nporte f d'embarquementdeparture lounge nsalle f d'embarquementdeparture tax n (= airport tax) → taxe f d'aéroportdeparture time nheure f de départ
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(of person)Weggang m; (on journey) → Abreise f(from aus); (of vehicle)Abfahrt f; (of plane)Abflug m; to be on the point of departureim Aufbruch (begriffen) sein; there are three departures daily for Stockholm (by plane) → es gibt täglich drei Flüge nach Stockholm; “departures”„Abfahrt“; (at airport) → „Abflug“; at the hour of our departure from this life (liter)in der Stunde unseres Dahinscheidens (liter)
(fig, from custom, principle, truth) → Abweichen nt(from von), Abgehen nt(from von)
(fig: = change in policy etc) → neue Richtung f; this marks a significant departure from his previous way of lifehiermit ändert sich sein bisheriger Lebensstil grundlegend


departure board
n (Rail) → Abfahrtstafel f; (Aviat) → Abfluganzeige f
departure gate
nFlugsteig m, → Ausgang m
departure language
n (Ling) → Ausgangssprache f
departure lounge
nAbflughalle f; (for single flight) → Warteraum m
departure signal
departure time
n (Aviat) → Abflugzeit f; (Rail, bus) → Abfahrtzeit f
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[dɪˈpɑːtʃəʳ] n (gen) → partenza (fig) (from custom, principle) departure fromdeviazione f da, abbandono di
a new departure (fig) → una svolta (decisiva)
departure board (Aer) → tabellone m (delle partenze)
departure lounge (Aer) → sala d'attesa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(diˈpaːt) verb
1. to go away. The tour departed from the station at 9 a.m.
2. (with from) to cease to follow (a course of action). We departed from our original plan.
deˈparture (-tʃə) noun
an act of departing. The departure of the train was delayed.


(diˈpaːtmənt) noun
a part or section of a government, university, office or shop. The Department of Justice; the sales department.
ˌdepartˈmental adjective
a departmental manager.
department store
a large shop with many different departments selling a wide variety of goods.

department (not departmental) store.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


مُغادَرَة odlet afrejse Abfahrt αναχώρηση partida lähtö départ odlazak partenza 出発 출발 vertrek avreise odjazd partida отправление avgång การออกเดินทาง kalkış sự ra đi 出发
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Landfall and Departure mark the rhythmical swing of a seaman's life and of a ship's career.
It was said that there were other reasons for his hurried departure; but as to this, and as to his movements in Moscow, and as to his prolonged absence from St.
I re- ceived this information about three days before my departure. They were three of the happiest days I ever enjoyed.
Miss Garth had delicately refrained from showing it, but she must naturally have felt, and must still be feeling, great surprise at the mystery in which their departure had been involved; and she must doubtless have asked herself why Mrs.
P.M., it ought to reach the moon four days after its departure, that is on the 5th of December, at midnight precisely, at the moment of her attaining her perigee, that is her nearest distance from the earth, which is exactly 86,410 leagues (French), or 238,833 miles mean distance (English).
"Have you completed all the necessary preparations incident to Miss Sedley's departure, Miss Jemima?" asked Miss Pinkerton herself, that majestic lady; the Semiramis of Hammersmith, the friend of Doctor Johnson, the correspondent of Mrs.
If we are well informed, the point of departure for this surprising journey is to be the island of Zanzibar, upon the eastern coast.
The person answerable for this premature departure was Francis Westwick.
This body of water was divided by horizontal partitions, which the shock of the departure would have to break in succession.
His departure was a thing that passed into the history of the Yukon along with his other deeds.
He had reached the station, some time after the departure of the London train.
"Yes," said Monte Cristo; "has it not been agreed that I should take you with me, and did I not tell you yesterday to prepare for departure?"