leave

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 /liːv/

For the verb: "to leave"

Simple Past: left
Past Participle: left

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
leave1 /liv/USA pronunciation  v.,  left/lɛft/USA pronunciation leav•ing.
  1. to go out of or away from, as a place: [+ object]to leave the house.[no object]We left for the airport.
  2. [+ object] to quit:to leave a job.
  3. [+ object] to let remain behind:The bear left tracks in the snow.
  4. [+ object] to let stay or be in the condition stated:Leave the motor running.
  5. [+ object] to let remain in a position to do something without being bothered:We left him to his work.
  6. [+ object] to let (a thing) remain for another's action or decision:We left the details to the lawyer.
  7. [+ object] to give in charge; entrust:Leave the package with my neighbor.
  8. [+ object] to turn aside from;
    abandon or disregard:She left music to study engineering.
  9. 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.
  10. [+ object] to have remaining after death:He leaves a wife and three children.
  11. [not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to have as a remainder after subtraction:2 from 4 leaves 2.
  12. leave off: 
    • [no object] to stop;
      cease;
      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.
  13. leave out, to omit; exclude: [+ out + object]She left out a few important statistics.[+ object + out]You left them out of your report.
leav•er, n. [countable]

leave2 /liv/USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. [uncountable] permission to do something:to beg leave to go.
  2. 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.
  3. [countable] the time this permission lasts:30 days' leave.
idiom
  1. take leave of, [+ object] to part or separate from:Have you taken leave of your senses? (= Are you crazy?)
  2. take one's leave, to depart:We should take our leave before the speeches begin.



Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

leave /liːv/ vb (leaves, leaving, left)(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to go or depart (from a person or place)
  2. to cause to remain behind, often by mistake, in a place: he often leaves his keys in his coat
  3. to cause to be or remain in a specified state: paying the bill left him penniless
  4. to renounce or abandon: to leave a political movement
  5. to refrain from consuming or doing something: the things we have left undone
  6. to result in; cause: childhood problems often leave emotional scars
  7. to entrust or commit: leave the shopping to her
  8. to pass in a specified direction: flying out of the country, we left the cliffs on our left
  9. to be survived by (members of one's family): he leaves a wife and two children
  10. to bequeath or devise: he left his investments to his children
  11. (transitive) to have as a remainder: 37 – 14 leaves 23
  12. not standard to permit; let
  13. leave someone alone
    Also: let alone
    See let1
  14. to permit to stay or be alone

See also leave off, leave outEtymology: Old English lǣfan; related to belīfan to be left as a remainder

ˈleaver n
leave /liːv/ n
  1. permission to do something: he was granted leave to speak
  2. by your leave, with your leavewith your permission
  3. permission to be absent, as from a place of work or duty: leave of absence
  4. the duration of such absence: ten days' leave
  5. a farewell or departure (esp in the phrase take (one's) leave)
  6. on leaveofficially excused from work or duty
  7. take leaveto say farewell (to)
Etymology: Old English lēaf; related to alӯfan to permit, Middle High German loube permission
leave /liːv/ vb (leaves, leaving, leaved)
  1. (intransitive) to produce or grow leaves



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