from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To go away; leave.
  • intransitive verb To die.
  • intransitive verb To vary, as from a regular course; deviate: synonym: swerve.
  • intransitive verb To go away from; leave.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of department.
  • noun Division; separation, as of a compound substance into its elements: as, “water of depart,”
  • noun The act of going away; departure.
  • noun Death.
  • To divide; separate into parts; dispart.
  • To separate; sunder; dispart.
  • [At the Savoy Conference (1661) the use of the word depart in the marriage service was objected to by the Nonconformist divines. It was therefore changed (in 1662) to do part, us in the present prayer-book.]
  • To depart from; quit; leave (by ellipsis of the usual from).
  • To share; give or take a part or share.
  • To separate into parts; become divided.
  • To separate from a place or a person; go a different way; part.
  • To go or move away; withdraw, as from a place, a person, etc.
  • To deviate; go back or away, as from a course or principle of action, authoritative instructions, etc.; desist.
  • In law, to deviate in a subsequent pleading from the title or defense in the previous pleading.
  • To die; decease; leave this world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To part thoroughly; to dispart; to divide; to separate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To divide in order to share; to apportion.
  • transitive verb To leave; to depart from.
  • noun obsolete Division; separation, as of compound substances into their ingredients.
  • noun obsolete A going away; departure; hence, death.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To part; to divide; to separate.
  • intransitive verb To go forth or away; to quit, leave, or separate, as from a place or a person; to withdraw; -- opposed to arrive; -- often with from before the place, person, or thing left, and for or to before the destination.
  • intransitive verb To forsake; to abandon; to desist or deviate (from); not to adhere to; -- with from
  • intransitive verb To pass away; to perish.
  • intransitive verb To quit this world; to die.
  • intransitive verb [Obs.] to resign; to part with.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To leave; to set out on a journey.
  • verb intransitive To die.
  • verb intransitive To deviate (from).
  • verb transitive To go away from; to leave.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To divide up; to distribute, share.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To separate, part.
  • noun obsolete division; separation, as of compound substances
  • noun obsolete A going away; departure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb remove oneself from an association with or participation in
  • verb leave
  • verb go away or leave
  • verb be at variance with; be out of line with
  • verb move away from a place into another direction
  • verb wander from a direct or straight course


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English departen, from Old French departir, to split, divide : de-, de- + partir, to divide (from Latin partīre, from pars, part-, part; see part).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French departir, from Late Latin departire ("to divide"), from Latin dispertire ("to divide").


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