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Meaning & Definition of Leave in English

English

Leave

/liv/

noun

1. The period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

  • "A ten day's leave to visit his mother"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • leave of absence

2. Permission to do something

  • "She was granted leave to speak"
    synonym:
  • leave

3. The act of departing politely

  • "He disliked long farewells"
  • "He took his leave"
  • "Parting is such sweet sorrow"
    synonym:
  • farewell
  • ,
  • leave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • go forth
  • ,
  • go away

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"
    synonym:
  • leave

3. Act or be so as to become in a specified state

  • "The inflation left them penniless"
  • "The president's remarks left us speechless"
    synonym:
  • leave

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"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • leave alone
  • ,
  • leave behind

5. Move out of or depart from

  • "Leave the room"
  • "The fugitive has left the country"
    synonym:
  • exit
  • ,
  • go out
  • ,
  • get out
  • ,
  • leave

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"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • allow for
  • ,
  • allow
  • ,
  • provide

7. Have as a result or residue

  • "The water left a mark on the silk dress"
  • "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • entrust
  • ,
  • leave

10. Leave or give by will after one's death

  • "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"
  • "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
    synonym:
  • bequeath
  • ,
  • will
  • ,
  • leave

11. Have left or have as a remainder

  • "That left the four of us"
  • "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
    synonym:
  • leave

12. Be survived by after one's death

  • "He left six children"
  • "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • leave behind

13. Transmit (knowledge or skills)

  • "Give a secret to the russians"
  • "Leave your name and address here"
  • "Impart a new skill to the students"
    synonym:
  • impart
  • ,
  • leave
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • forget
  • ,
  • leave

Examples of using

We'll leave as soon as you're ready.
Don't leave the light on.
Tom made me leave.