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Dictionary Definition

leave

Noun

1 the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother" [syn: leave of absence]
2 permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak"
3 the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow" [syn: farewell, leave-taking, parting]

Verb

1 go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight" [syn: go forth, go away] [ant: arrive]
2 go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
3 act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"
4 leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking; "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind" [syn: leave alone, leave behind]
5 move out of or depart from; "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country" [syn: exit, go out, get out] [ant: enter]
6 make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway" [syn: allow for, allow, provide]
7 result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" [syn: result, lead]
8 remove oneself from an association with or participation in; "She wants to leave"; "The teenager left home"; "She left her position with the Red Cross"; "He left the Senate after two terms"; "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes" [syn: depart, pull up stakes]
9 put into the care or protection of someone; "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's care" [syn: entrust]
10 leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate" [syn: bequeath, will] [ant: disinherit]
11 have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
12 be survived by after one's death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats" [syn: leave behind]
13 tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here" [syn: impart, give, pass on]
14 leave behind unintentionally; "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors" [syn: forget] [also: left]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /liːv/, /li:v/
  • Rhymes: -iːv

Etymology 1

Old English lǣfan. Compare German bleiben.

Verb

  1. To transfer possession of after death.
    When my father died, he left me the house.
  2. To be left or over; to remain as available.
    There's not much food left, we'd better go to the shops.
  3. To not take away with oneself but leave as available for others; to deposit.
    I'll leave the car in the station so you can pick it up there.
  4. To transfer responsibility or attention (to); to stop being concerned with.
    Can't we just leave this to the experts?
  5. To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.
    I left the country and I left my wife.
  6. To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
    I think you'd better leave.
Synonyms
Translations
transfer possession after death
be left over, remain
not take away
allow, permit
to transfer responsibility or attention
depart from
depart (intransitive)

Etymology 2

Old English lēaf. Cognate with obsolete German Laube.

Noun

  1. Permission.
    Might I beg leave to accompany you?
  2. Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
    I've been given three weeks' leave by my boss.
  3. Farewell, departure.
    I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.
Translations
permission
absence from work
departure

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Extensive Definition

Leave may be:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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