Meaning of DEPARTURE in English


de ‧ par ‧ ture W3 /dɪˈpɑːtʃə $ -ˈpɑːrtʃər/ BrE AmE noun

1 . [uncountable and countable] an act of leaving a place, especially at the start of a journey OPP arrival

departure for

I saw Simon shortly before his departure for Russia.

departure of

There was a delay in the departure of our plane.

departure from

Mozart’s departure from Paris in September 1778

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

departure from

He refused to discuss his departure from the government.

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

There are several departures for New York every day.

4 . [countable] a way of doing something that is different from the usual, traditional, or expected way

departure from

Their new designs represent a departure from their usual style.

radical/major/significant etc departure (=a big change)

This would be a radical departure from the subsidy system.

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + departure

▪ sudden/abrupt (=done suddenly, without being planned)

I didn't know how I was going to explain his abrupt departure to the others.


Their departure seemed rather sudden.

▪ a hasty/speedy departure (=done very quickly and suddenly)

I was surprised by her hasty departure.

▪ a flight/train/coach departure

I'm afraid your flight departure has been delayed.

■ verbs

▪ delay somebody's departure (=make it later)

I decided to delay my departure by a few days.

■ departure + NOUN

▪ a departure date ( also date of departure )

You cannot make a change to your booking within six weeks of your departure date.

▪ a departure time

Do you know your exact departure time?

▪ a departure point (=the place where you leave from)

Luxor is one departure point for boat trips down the Nile.

▪ a departure gate (=an exit from an airport to get a particular flight)

It was a long walk with all our luggage to the departure gate.

▪ a departure lounge (=a room at an airport where people wait before their flights leave)

▪ the departures board (=a board showing the times of planes or trains)

I scanned the departures board for details of my flight.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.