WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
leave1 /liv/USA pronunciation
v., left/lɛft/USA pronunciation leav•ing.
leav•er, n. [countable]
leave2 /liv/USA pronunciation
- to go out of or away from, as a place: [~ + object]to leave the house.[no object]We left for the airport.
- [~ + object] to quit:to leave a job.
- [~ + object] to let remain behind:The bear left tracks in the snow.
- [~ + object] to let stay or be in the condition stated:Leave the motor running.
- [~ + object] to let remain in a position to do something without being bothered:We left him to his work.
- [~ + object] to let (a thing) remain for another's action or decision:We left the details to the lawyer.
- [~ + object] to give in charge; entrust:Leave the package with my neighbor.
- [~ + object] to turn aside from;
abandon or disregard:She left music to study engineering.
- to give for use after one's death or departure: [~ + object + to + object]to leave one's money to charity.[~ + object + object]She left him a lot of money.
- [~ + object] to have remaining after death:He leaves a wife and three children.
- [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to have as a remainder after subtraction:2 from 4 leaves 2.
- leave off:
- [no object] to stop;
discontinue:The professor couldn't remember where she had left off from the previous lecture.
- to omit: [~ + object + off]We left him off the list.[~ + off + object]We left off too many of her relatives from the list.
- leave out, to omit; exclude: [~ + out + object]She left out a few important statistics.[~ + object + out]You left them out of your report.
- [uncountable] permission to do something:to beg leave to go.
- permission to be absent, as from work or military duty: [uncountable]to ask for leave.[countable]allowed us a leave to visit home during Christmas.
- [countable] the time this permission lasts:30 days' leave.
- take leave of, [~ + object] to part or separate from:Have you taken leave of your senses? (= Are you crazy?)
- take one's leave, to depart:We should take our leave before the speeches begin.
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leave /liːv/ vb (leaves, leaving, left)(mainly tr)
See also leave off
- (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 entrust or commit: leave the shopping to her
- 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
- (transitive) to have as a remainder: 37 – 14 leaves 23
- not standard to permit; let
- leave someone alone ⇒
Also: let alone
- to permit to stay or be alone
, leave outEtymology: Old English lǣfan; related to belīfan to be left as a remainderˈleaver n
leave /liːv/ n
Etymology: Old English lēaf; related to alӯfan to permit, Middle High German loube permission
- permission to do something: he was granted leave to speak
- by your leave, with your leave ⇒ with your permission
- 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)
- on leave ⇒ officially excused from work or duty
- take leave ⇒ to say farewell (to)
leave /liːv/ vb (leaves, leaving, leaved)
- (intransitive) to produce or grow leaves
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