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Definitions of leave

  1. leave or give by will after one's death; " My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; " My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  2. 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"
  3. put into the care or protection of someone; " He left the decision to his deputy"; " leave your child the nurse's care"
  4. move out of or depart from; " leave the room"; " the fugitive has left the country"
  5. the act of departing politely; " he disliked long farewells"; " he took his leave"; " parting is such sweet sorrow"
  6. leave behind unintentionally; " I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; " I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
  7. go away from a place; " At what time does your train leave?"; " She didn't leave until midnight"; " The ship leaves at midnight"
  8. tell or deposit ( information) knowledge; " give a secret to the Russians"; " leave your name and address here"
  9. have left or have as a remainder; " That left the four of us"; " 19 minus 8 leaves 11"
  10. permission to do something; " she was granted leave to speak"
  11. the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; " a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
  12. 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"
  13. be survived by after one's death; " He left six children"; " At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
  14. 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"
  15. result in; " The water left a mark on the silk dress"; " Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  16. 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".
  17. act or be so as to become in a specified state; " The inflation left them penniless"; " The president's remarks left us speechless"
  18. To raise; to levy.
  19. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
  20. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.
  21. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
  22. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
  23. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
  24. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
  25. To have remaining at death; hence, to bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good name; he left a legacy to his niece.
  26. To depart; to set out.
  27. To cease; to desist; to leave off.
  28. To send out leaves; to leaf; - often with out.
  29. The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; - used chiefly in the phrase, to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.
  30. To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver; to commit; to submit - with a sense of withdrawing one's self from; as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to leave the matter to arbitrators.
  31. Permission; farewell; a short vacation given to a soldier.
  32. To allow to remain; as, they will leave him behind; to depart from; forsake; bequeath; cease from; as, to leave work; refer for decision; as, leave it to me.
  33. To depart; go away.
  34. Left.
  35. Leaving.
  36. Permission: liberty granted: formal parting of friends: farewell.
  37. To allow to remain: to abandon, resign: to depart from: to have remaining at death: to bequeath: to refer for decision.
  38. To desist: to cease:- pr. p. leaving; pa. t. and pa. p. left.
  39. Permission; formal parting.
  40. To quit; allow to remain; refer; bequeath.
  41. To withdraw from; quit; abandon; refer; bequeath.
  42. To go away; depart; discontinue.
  43. To grant leave to; permit.
  44. To put forth leaves.
  45. Permission to go or to be absent; a departure; parting.
  46. Liberty granted; permission; departure; a formal parting of friends; farewell.
  47. To depart from; to abandon; to commit; to suffer to remain; to have remaining at death; to bequeath; to permit; to forbear; to refer.
  48. To cease; to desist. To be left to one's self, to be left to his own way, unguided and unchecked. To leave off to desist from; to cease wearing; to abandon. To leave out, to omit.
  49. Grant of liberty; permission.
  50. A farewell; a formal parting; to take leave, to bid farewell.
  51. To withdraw or depart from; to quit; to cease; to abandon; to forsake; not to deprive of a thing; to suffer to remain; to reject; to bequeath; to give, as an inheritance; to permit without interposition; to cease to do; to desist.
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Usage examples for leave

  1. I stood up to take my leave – Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson
  2. Leave me there alone. – Greylorn by John Keith Laumer
  3. And leave me out! – Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age by Various
  4. You were about to leave them? – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  5. I had no leave to be here. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  6. I take my leave then. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  7. " I shall never leave – Tales Of Puritan Land Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Volume 4. by Charles M. Skinner
  8. I don't suppose he had much to leave if anything. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. Would you leave them?" – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  10. Then I give you my leave to find out what her mind may be. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  11. Don't be afraid to leave me now. – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  12. You shall never leave Rosmersholm. – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. You leave me here? – A Maker of History by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  14. She told Claude to leave it to her and not to say one word. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  15. We can't leave your father this way, Doug. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  16. Now I must ask you to leave this house. – More Portmanteau Plays by Stuart Walker
  17. So I must leave – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  18. And then Mrs. Orme was going to leave him. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  19. I'm so sorry to leave her. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  20. Why should I leave her? – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
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