departure de‧par‧ture [dɪˈpɑːtʆə ǁ -ˈpɑːrtʆər] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] an act of leaving a place, especially at the start of a journey:

• I saw Simon shortly before his departure for Russia.

2. [countable, uncountable] an act of leaving an organization or position:

• His sudden departure from the political scene took everyone by surprise.

3. [countable] a flight, train etc that leaves at a particular time:

• There are several departures a day for New York.

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departure UK US /dɪˈpɑːtʃər/ noun
[C or U] the act of leaving a company or a job: »

The current finance director will retire, but she has set no date for her departure.

a sudden/surprise/unexpected departure »

The group made changes in accounting policies following the sudden departure of the executive chairman.

[C or U] the act of leaving a place, or a flight, train, etc. that is leaving a place at a particular time: »

He had arranged a meeting for the morning before his departure for Singapore.


Check our website for the flight times for departures from Bristol airport.

departure desk/gate/terminal »

He had arranged to pick up the tickets at the airport departure desk.

[S] a change in what is usually done or how something is usually done: »

The restaurant is a departure for Fabbio who has spent his career starting software companies.


The rule did not represent any departure from current immigration laws

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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