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

  • intransitive v. To go away; leave.
  • intransitive v. To die.
  • intransitive v. To vary, as from a regular course; deviate: depart from custom. See Synonyms at swerve.
  • transitive v. To go away from; leave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Division; separation, as of compound substances into their ingredients.
  • n. A going away; departure; hence, death.
  • intransitive v. To part; to divide; to separate.
  • intransitive v. 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 v. To forsake; to abandon; to desist or deviate (from); not to adhere to; -- with from
  • intransitive v. To pass away; to perish.
  • intransitive v. To quit this world; to die.
  • transitive v. To part thoroughly; to dispart; to divide; to separate.
  • transitive v. To divide in order to share; to apportion.
  • transitive v. To leave; to depart from.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • An abbreviation of department.
  • n. Division; separation, as of a compound substance into its elements: as, “water of depart,”
  • n. The act of going away; departure.
  • n.
  • n. Death.

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

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


Middle English departen, from Old French departir, to split, divide : de-, de- + partir, to divide (from Latin partīre, from pars, part-, part; see part).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French departir, from Late Latin departire ("to divide"), from Latin dispertire ("to divide"). (Wiktionary)



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