To depart is to go away or to choose a different direction. If you are catching a plane, you are soon to depart. And, if you are wearing a kilt instead of jeans, you depart from your usual look.

Airports and train stations have gates for arrivals and departures. Airplanes and people coming in "arrive" while those going out depart. You also can depart without going anywhere, as when you change your mind and depart from an earlier decision. To "depart from the norm" is an expression for doing something different than expected, like giggling during a tear-jerker of a movie.

Definitions of depart
  1. verb
    go away or leave
    synonyms: quit, take leave
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    remain behind
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    walk out of
    leave, usually as an expression of disapproval
    depart after obtaining formal permission
    beat a retreat
    depart hastily
    plump out
    depart suddenly
    break camp, decamp
    leave a camp
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  2. verb
    synonyms: part, set forth, set off, set out, start, start out, take off
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    lift off, take off
    depart from the ground
    roar off
    blaze, blaze out
    move rapidly and as if blazing
    sally forth, sally out
    set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  3. verb
    move away from a place into another direction
    “The train departs at noon”
    synonyms: go, go away
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    come, come up
    move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody
    blow, shove along, shove off
    leave; informal or rude
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    exit, get out, go out, leave
    move out of or depart from
  4. verb
    be at variance with; be out of line with
    synonyms: deviate, diverge, vary
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    be similar, be in line with
    diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration
    diverge from the expected
    belie, contradict, negate
    be in contradiction with
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    be different
  5. verb
    wander from a direct or straight course
    synonyms: digress, sidetrack, straggle
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    deviate, divert
    turn aside; turn away from
  6. verb
    remove oneself from an association with or participation in
    synonyms: leave, pull up stakes
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
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    leave office, quit, resign, step down
    give up or retire from a position
    drop out
    leave school or an educational program prematurely
    give up, renounce, resign, vacate
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
    top out
    give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
    lose office or power
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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