\ \ [13] Depart originally meant ‘divide’.
\ \ This was the sense of its ultimate Latin ancestor dispertīre, literally ‘separate up into constituent parts’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis-, denoting separation, and partīredivide, distribute’, a derivative of the noun parspart’. It passed into English via Vulgar Latin *dēpartīre and Old French departir, by which time the notions of ‘division’ and ‘separation’ had already produced the intransitive sense ‘go away’.
\ \ Cf.PART

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