1 leaving/going away from a place
ADJ. abrupt, sudden Everyone was a bit puzzled by her sudden departure. | hasty, speedy | early | imminent, impending The guard blew his whistle to warn of the train's imminent departure. | flight The last check-in time is 45 minutes before flight departure.
VERB + DEPARTURE make He made a hasty departure. | hasten Her row with the MD probably hastened her departure. | delay
DEPARTURE + NOUN point Atocha station was the departure point for our tour. | date | gate, lounge We sat in the departure lounge waiting for our flight to be called.
PREP. before ~, prior to ~ You should receive your flight tickets at least a week prior to departure. | on ~ All visitors must sign the book on arrival and again on departure. | ~ for his departure for Naples | ~ from her departure from London
PHRASES the day/time of departure, the point of departure (figurative) The author takes Freud's dream theories as the point of departure for his essay.
2 sth different from what is usual/expected
ADJ. fresh, new | dramatic, fundamental, major, radical, revolutionary, significant
VERB + DEPARTURE be, mark, represent
PREP. ~ from This document marks a radical departure from earlier recommendations.