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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

depart, depart for, depart from

Depart for means to start a journey towards a particular destination.

  • The bus departing for Toronto is about to close its doors.

Depart from means to leave a place or to stray from something.

  • Passengers flying to Moose Jaw will depart from Gate 6.
  • Please do not depart from the script.

The preposition from is usually dropped when the meaning is “to die.”

  • We pray for those who have departed this life.

However, using depart without the preposition from when the meaning is “to leave a place” can lead to confusion or unintentional humour.

  • Ambiguous: Three professors have departed during his term as department head.
  • Clear: Three professors have departed from (or left) the university during his term as department head.