Definition of departure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrtʃər//
    Plane travel, Airports, Train and bus travel
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] departure (from…) the act of leaving a place; an example of this His sudden departure threw the office into chaos. Flights should be confirmed 48 hours before departure. They had received no news of him since his departure from the island. opposite arrival Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel
  2. 2  [countable] a plane, train, etc. leaving a place at a particular time arrivals and departures All departures are from Manchester. the departure lounge/time/gate the departures board opposite arrival See related entries: Plane travel, Airports, Train and bus travel
  3. 3[countable] departure (from something) an action that is different from what is usual or expected It was a radical departure from tradition. Their latest single represents a new departure for the band.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French departeure, from the verb departir, based on Latin dispertire ‘to divide’.Extra examples Atocha station was the departure point for our tour. Everyone was a bit puzzled by her sudden departure. He made a hasty departure. Her disagreement with the MD probably hastened her departure. Our boss sent out an email announcing her departure. The author takes Freud’s dream theories as the point of departure for his essay. The guard blew his whistle to warn of the train’s imminent departure. The last check-in time is 45 minutes before flight departure. This document marks a radical departure from earlier recommendations. This project represents a big departure for me. We sat in the departure lounge waiting for our flight to be called. You should receive your flight tickets at least a week prior to departure. her departure from London his departure for Naples Departure for London will be at 18.45. Flights should be confirmed 24 hours before departure. Heavy snow delayed our departure for several days. Her departure from the island went almost unnoticed. His departure leaves the board without a leader. I made preparations for a speedy departure. Please state your flight number and date of departure. She had made arrangements for their immediate departure for Canada. She postponed her departure to Scotland. The change in the weather hastened our departure. The company has announced the departure of its chief executive.Idioms
    1. 1a place where a journey starts
    2. 2(formal) an idea, a theory or an event that is used to start a discussion, an activity, etc.
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