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noun departure pronunciation in American English /dɪˈpɑrtʃər/
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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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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