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

n the act of departing

going, going away, leaving
an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
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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

n a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

deviation, difference, divergence
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

n euphemistic expressions for death

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

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