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English definition of “departure”

departure

noun     /dɪˈpɑːtʃər/
[C or U] the act of leaving a company or a job : The current finance director will retire , but she has set no date for her departure.a sudden/surprise/unexpected departure The group made changes in accounting policies following the sudden departure of the executive chairman .
[C or U] the act of leaving a place , or a flight , train , etc. that is leaving a place at a particular time : He had arranged a meeting for the morning before his departure for Singapore. Check our website for the flight times for departures from Bristol airport .departure desk/gate/terminal He had arranged to pick up the tickets at the airport departure desk .
[S] a change in what is usually done or how something is usually done: The restaurant is a departure for Fabbio who has spent his career starting software companies . The rule did not represent any departure from current immigration laws
(Definition of departure noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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