Definition of Leave in English :

Define Leave in English

Leave meaning in English

Meaning of Leave in English

Pronunciation of Leave in English

Leave pronunciation in English

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1. leave, leave of absence

the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

Example Sentences:
'a ten day's leave to visit his mother'

2. leave

permission to do something

Example Sentences:
'she was granted leave to speak'

3. farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting

the act of departing politely

Example Sentences:
'he disliked long farewells'
'he took his leave'
'parting is such sweet sorrow'


4. go away, go forth, leave

go away from a place

Example Sentences:
'At what time does your train leave?'
'She didn't leave until midnight'
'The ship leaves at midnight'

5. leave

go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. leave

act or be so as to become in a specified state

Example Sentences:
'The inflation left them penniless'
'The president's remarks left us speechless'

7. leave, leave alone, leave behind

leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

Example Sentences:
'leave it as is'
'leave the young fawn alone'
'leave the flowers that you see in the park behind'

8. exit, get out, go out, leave

move out of or depart from

Example Sentences:
'leave the room'
'the fugitive has left the country'

9. allow, allow for, leave, provide

make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

Example Sentences:
'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'

10. lead, leave, result

have as a result or residue

Example Sentences:
'The water left a mark on the silk dress'
'Her blood left a stain on the napkin'

11. depart, leave, pull up stakes

remove oneself from an association with or participation in

Example Sentences:
'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'

12. entrust, leave

put into the care or protection of someone

Example Sentences:
'He left the decision to his deputy'
'leave your child the nurse's care'

13. bequeath, leave, will

leave or give by will after one's death

Example Sentences:
'My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry'
'My grandfather left me his entire estate'

14. leave

have left or have as a remainder

Example Sentences:
'That left the four of us'
'19 minus 8 leaves 11'

15. leave, leave behind

be survived by after one's death

Example Sentences:
'He left six children'
'At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats'

16. give, impart, leave, pass on

transmit (knowledge or skills)

Example Sentences:
'give a secret to the Russians'
'leave your name and address here'
'impart a new skill to the students'

17. forget, leave

leave behind unintentionally

Example Sentences:
'I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant'
'I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of leave
verbWord forms: leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
1. (also intr)
to go or depart (from a person or place)
to cause to remain behind, often by mistake, in a place
he often leaves his keys in his coat
to cause to be or remain in a specified state
paying the bill left him penniless
to renounce or abandon
to leave a political movement
to refrain from consuming or doing something
the things we have left undone
to result in; cause
childhood problems often leave emotional scars
to allow to be or remain subject to another person or thing
leave the past to look after itself
to entrust or commit
leave the shopping to her
to submit in place of one's personal appearance
will you leave your name and address?
to pass in a specified direction
flying out of the country, we left the cliffs on our left
to be survived by (members of one's family)
he leaves a wife and two children
to bequeath or devise
he left his investments to his children
13. (transitive)
to have as a remainder
37 – 14 leaves 23
14. not standard
to permit; let
15.  leave be
16.  leave go
17.  leave it at that
18.  leave much to be desired
19.  leave someone alone
20.  leave someone to himself or herself
permission to do something
he was granted leave to speak
2.  by your leave
permission to be absent, as from a place of work or duty
leave of absence
the duration of such absence
ten days' leave
a farewell or departure (esp in the phrase take (one's) leave)
6.  on leave
7.  take leave
8.  take leave of one's senses
verbWord forms: leaves, leaving or leaved
to produce or grow leaves

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see synonyms of leave
verb transitiveWord forms: left or ˈleaving
to cause or allow to remain; not take away
to leave some of the food for latecomers
to make, place, deposit, etc., and cause to remain behind one
to leave one's calling card
to have remaining after one
the deceased leaves a widow
to bequeath
to leave a fortune to charity
to let be in the care of; entrust
with to or up to
to leave a decision to another
to give as a remainder by subtraction
ten minus two leaves eight
to reject
take it or leave it
to go away from
to leave the house
to let stay or cause to be in a certain condition
the flood left them homeless
to give up; abandon; forsake
to stop living in, working for, or belonging to
12.  Chiefly Dialectal
to let or allow
leave us go now
verb intransitive
to go away, depart, or set out
permission to be absent from duty or work, esp. such permission given to personnel in the armed services
the period for which such permission is granted
verb intransitiveWord forms: leaved or ˈleaving
to put forth, or bear, leaves; leaf

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of leave
v. left (lĕft), leav·ing, leaves
1. To go out of or away from: not allowed to leave the room.
a. To go without taking or removing: left my book on the bus.
b. To omit or exclude: left out the funniest part of the story.
3. To have as a result, consequence, or remainder: The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.
4. To cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state: left the lights on.
a. To have remaining after death: left a young son.
b. To bequeath: left her money to charity.
6. To give over to another to control or act on: Leave all the details to us.
a. To abandon or forsake: leave home; left her husband.
b. To remove oneself from association with or participation in: left the navy for civilian life.
a. To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence: He left a note for you. Leave your name and address.
b. To cause or permit to be or remain: left myself plenty of time.
9. Nonstandard To allow or permit; let.
To set out or depart; go: When can you leave?
1. Permission to do something. See Synonyms at permission.
2. An act of departing; a farewell: took leave of her with a heavy heart.
intr.v. leaved, leav·ing, leaves
To put forth foliage; leaf.

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