Definition of Leave

1. Noun. The period of time during which you are absent from work or duty. "A ten day's leave to visit his mother"

2. Verb. Go away from a place. "John will leave angry"; "The ship leaves at midnight"

3. Noun. Permission to do something. "She was granted leave to speak"
Generic synonyms: Permission

4. Verb. Go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness. "They leave the money in the closet"; "She wept thinking she had been left behind"
Related verbs: Forget
Specialized synonyms: Jilt, Abandon, Desert, Desolate, Forsake

5. Noun. The act of departing politely. "Parting is such sweet sorrow"
Exact synonyms: Farewell, Leave-taking, Parting
Generic synonyms: Departure, Going, Going Away, Leaving
Specialized synonyms: Valediction
Derivative terms: Part, Part

6. Verb. Act or be so as to become in a specified state. "The president's remarks left us speechless"
Generic synonyms: Get, Make
Related verbs: Lead, Result

7. Verb. Leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking. "Leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
Exact synonyms: Leave Alone, Leave Behind
Specialized synonyms: Let
Generic synonyms: Forbear, Refrain

8. Verb. Move out of or depart from. "The men leave the boat "; "The fugitive has left the country"
Exact synonyms: Exit, Get Out, Go Out
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Depart, Go, Go Away, Pop Out, File Out, Get Off, Hop Out, Fall Out, Get Off, Step Out, Eject, Undock, Log Off, Log Out
Related verbs: Go Away, Go Forth
Antonyms: Enter
Derivative terms: Exit, Exit

9. Verb. Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain. "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
Exact synonyms: Allow, Allow For, Provide
Generic synonyms: Afford, Give, Yield
Related verbs: Admit, Allow

10. Verb. Have as a result or residue. "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
Exact synonyms: Lead, Result
Generic synonyms: Bring About, Give Rise, Produce
Specialized synonyms: Lead
Derivative terms: Result, Resultant, Resultant

11. Verb. Remove oneself from an association with or participation in. "They leave the countryside"; "After 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
Exact synonyms: Depart, Pull Up Stakes
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Go Away, Go Forth
Specialized synonyms: Leave Office, Quit, Resign, Step Down, Drop Out

12. Verb. Put into the care or protection of someone. "They leave them the money"; "Leave your child the nurse's care"
Exact synonyms: Entrust
Generic synonyms: Give, Hand, Pass, Pass On, Reach, Turn Over

13. Verb. Leave or give by will after one's death. "They leave them the money"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
Exact synonyms: Bequeath, Will
Related verbs: Leave Behind, Give, Impart, Pass On
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present
Specialized synonyms: Devise, Pass On, Remember, Entail, Fee-tail
Antonyms: Disinherit
Derivative terms: Will

14. Verb. Have left or have as a remainder. "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
Related verbs: Leave Alone, Leave Behind, Lead, Result
Generic synonyms: Have

15. Verb. Be survived by after one's death. "Sam cannot leave Sue "; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"

16. Verb. Transmit (knowledge or skills). "They won't leave the story "; "Impart a new skill to the students"
Exact synonyms: Give, Impart, Pass On
Specialized synonyms: Convey
Generic synonyms: Tell
Related verbs: Bequeath, Will, Give
Derivative terms: Giving, Impartation, Imparting

17. Verb. Leave behind unintentionally. "They leave the money in the closet"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
Exact synonyms: Forget
Generic synonyms: Lose

Definition of Leave

1. v. i. To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.

2. v. t. To raise; to levy.

3. n. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.

4. v. t. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.

5. v. i. To depart; to set out.

Definition of Leave

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To transfer possession of after death. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To transfer responsibility or attention of (something) (to someone); to stop being concerned with. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To end one's membership in (a group); to terminate one's affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project). ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To depart; to go away from a certain place or state. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To remain (behind); to stay. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive archaic) To stop, desist from; to "leave off" (+ noun / gerund). ¹

10. Noun. (cricket) The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball. ¹

11. Noun. (billiards) The arrangement of balls in play that remains after a shot is made (which determines whether the next shooter — who may be either the same player, or an opponent — has good options, or only poor ones). ¹

12. Noun. Permission to be absent; time away from one's work. ¹

13. Noun. (dated or legal) Permission. ¹

14. Noun. (dated) Farewell, departure. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To give leave to; allow; permit; let; grant. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive rare) To produce leaves or foliage.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 2nd ed. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Leave

1. to go away from [v LEFT, LEAVING, LEAVES]

Medical Definition of Leave

1. To send out leaves; to leaf; often with out. Origin: Leaved; Leaving. 1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license. "David earnestly asked leave of me." (1 Sam. Xx. 6) "No friend has leave to bear away the dead." (Dryden) 2. 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. "A double blessing is a'double grace; Occasion smiles upon a second leave." (Shak) "And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren." (Acts xviii. 18) French leave. See French. Synonym: See Liberty. Origin: OE. Leve, leave, AS. Leaf; akin to leof pleasing, dear, E. Lief, D. Oorlof leave, G. Arlaub, and erlauben to permit, Icel. Leyfi. See Lief. 1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife." (Gen. Ii. 24) 2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed. "If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?" (Jer. Xlix. 9) "These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." (Matt. Xxiii. 23) "Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed." (Bacon) 3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from. "Now leave complaining and begin your tea." (Pope) 4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish. "Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee." (Mark x. 28) "The heresies that men do leave." (Shak) 5. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge. "I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor." (Shak) 6. 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. "Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way." (Matt. V. 24) "The foot That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks." (Shak) 7. 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. To leave alone. To leave in solitude. To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone. To leave off. To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock. To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth. To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit. To leave out, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing. To leave to one's self, to let (one) be alone; to cease caring for (one). Synonym: To quit, depart from, forsake, abandon, relinquish, deliver, bequeath, give up, forego, resign, surrender, forbear. See Quit. Origin: OE. Leven, AS. Lfan, fr. Laf remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig, to remain; cf. Belifan to remain, G. Bleiben, Goth. Bileiban. See Live. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Leave

leathery grape fern
leathery jacket
leathery jackets
leathery polypody
leathery turtle
leave (current term)
leave alone
leave behind
leave everything on the road
leave for dead
leave me alone
leave no stone unturned
leave nothing in the tank
leave nothing to the imagination
leave of absence
leave off
leave office
leave one's options open
leave out

Literary usage of Leave

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... voluntarily engaged to me, not to leave the place without my con- fent. ... to mew his.concern for them, went to work immediately, and with my leave, ..."

2. The Pilgrim's Progress:: From this World to that which is to Come. by John Bunyan (1838)
"Chr. That I doubt; for to leave all is a very hard matter; yea, a harder matter ... But I think of them, and leave all for them. Chr. The wise man says, ..."

3. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
""Oh! leave me, I beg of you?" The look of utter confusion in her face made him pause. ... "leave me in the name of Heaven, for mercy's sake! ..."

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