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noun American English pronunciation: departure /dɪˈpɑrtʃər/ 
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pluraldepartures

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  1. 1
    [countable] the time when an airplane, bus, or train leaves

    a 10 o'clock departure

    1. a.
      [singular] an occasion when someone leaves a place, for example to go on a trip

      The house was quiet again, after the noise of their departure.

      departure from:

      an early departure from Chicago

    2. b.
      [countable] an airplane, bus, or train that leaves a place at a particular time

      The next departure for New York will be at 11.00.

  2. 2
    [singular] an occasion when someone leaves a job or an organization

    Things had got worse since his departure from head office.

  3. 3
    [countable] something new and different

    Being a teacher is a totally new departure for me.

    departure from:

    This is a significant departure from their earlier policies.

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