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noun departure pronunciation in British English /dɪˈpɑː(r)tʃə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [singular] an occasion when someone leaves a place, for example to go on a journey
    The house was quiet again, after the noise of their departure.
    departure from: an early departure from London
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    1. a.
      [countable] the time when a plane, bus, or train leaves
      a 10 o’clock departure
    2. b.
      [countable] a plane, 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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