leave1 /liv/USA pronunciation
v., left/lɛft/USA pronunciationleav•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.
- [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.
- Idiomstake leave of, [~ + object] to part or separate from:Have you taken leave of your senses? (= Are you crazy?)
- Idiomstake one's leave, to depart:We should take our leave before the speeches begin.