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
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: exit, expiration, going, loss, passing, release
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    type of:
    death, decease, demise, expiry
    the event of dying or departure from life
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