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English definition of “depart from sth”

depart from sth

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with depart   /dɪˈpɑːt/ us    /-ˈpɑːrt/ formal
to be different from the usual or expected way of doing or thinking about something: I see no reason for us to depart from our usual practice. At this point in the speech, the minister departed from his prepared text.
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