1. the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty;
- Example: "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
[syn: leave, leave of absence]
2. permission to do something;
- Example: "she was granted leave to speak"
3. the act of departing politely;
- Example: "he disliked long farewells"
- Example: "he took his leave"
- Example: "parting is such sweet sorrow"
[syn: farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting]
1. go away from a place;
- Example: "At what time does your train leave?"
- Example: "She didn't leave until midnight"
- Example: "The ship leaves at midnight"
[syn: leave, go forth, go away]
2. go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness;
- Example: "She left a mess when she moved out"
- Example: "His good luck finally left him"
- Example: "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"
- Example: "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
3. act or be so as to become in a specified state;
- Example: "The inflation left them penniless"
- Example: "The president's remarks left us speechless"
4. leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking;
- Example: "leave it as is"
- Example: "leave the young fawn alone"
- Example: "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
[syn: leave, leave alone, leave behind]
5. move out of or depart from;
- Example: "leave the room"
- Example: "the fugitive has left the country"
[syn: exit, go out, get out, leave]
6. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain;
- Example: "This leaves no room for improvement"
- Example: "The evidence allows only one conclusion"
- Example: "allow for mistakes"
- Example: "leave lots of time for the trip"
- Example: "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
[syn: leave, allow for, allow, provide]
7. have as a result or residue;
- Example: "The water left a mark on the silk dress"
- Example: "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
[syn: leave, result, lead]
8. remove oneself from an association with or participation in;
- Example: "She wants to leave"
- Example: "The teenager left home"
- Example: "She left her position with the Red Cross"
- Example: "He left the Senate after two terms"
- Example: "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
[syn: leave, depart, pull up stakes]
9. put into the care or protection of someone;
- Example: "He left the decision to his deputy"
- Example: "leave your child the nurse's care"
[syn: entrust, leave]
10. leave or give by will after one's death;
- Example: "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"
- Example: "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
[syn: bequeath, will, leave]
11. have left or have as a remainder;
- Example: "That left the four of us"
- Example: "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
12. be survived by after one's death;
- Example: "He left six children"
- Example: "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
[syn: leave, leave behind]
13. transmit (knowledge or skills);
- Example: "give a secret to the Russians"
- Example: "leave your name and address here"
- Example: "impart a new skill to the students"
[syn: impart, leave, give, pass on]
14. leave behind unintentionally;
- Example: "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"
- Example: "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
[syn: forget, leave]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leave \Leave\, v. t. [See Levy.] To raise; to levy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] An army strong she leaved. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leave \Leave\, n. [OE. leve, leave, AS. le['a]f; akin to le['o]f pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G. arlaub, and erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi. [root]124. See Lief.] 1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license. [1913 Webster] David earnestly asked leave of me. --1 Sam. xx. 6. [1913 Webster] No friend has leave to bear away the dead. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] A double blessing is a'double grace; Occasion smiles upon a second leave. --Shak. [1913 Webster] And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren. --Acts xviii. 18. [1913 Webster] French leave. See under French. Syn: See Liberty. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leave \Leave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaved; p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving] To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out. --G. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leave \Leave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Left (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[imac]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119. See Live, v.] 1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house. [1913 Webster] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii. 24. [1913 Webster] 2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed. [1913 Webster] If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ? --Jer. xlix. 9. [1913 Webster] These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. --Matt. xxiii. 23. [1913 Webster] Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from. [1913 Webster] Now leave complaining and begin your tea. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish. [1913 Webster] Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. --Mark x. 28. [1913 Webster] The heresies that men do leave. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge. [1913 Webster] I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way. --Matt. v. 24. [1913 Webster] The foot That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 8. to cause to be; -- followed by an adjective or adverb describing a state or condition; as, the losses due to fire leave me penniless; The cost of defending himself left Bill Clinton with a mountain of lawyers' bills. [WordNet 1.5] To leave alone. (a) To leave in solitude. (b) To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone. To leave off. (a) To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock. (b) To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth. (c) 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). Syn: Syn>- To quit; depart from; forsake; abandon; relinquish; deliver; bequeath; give up; forego; resign; surrender; forbear. See Quit. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Leave \Leave\, v. i. 1. To depart; to set out. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] By the time I left for Scotland. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. To cease; to desist; to leave off. "He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest." --Gen. xliv. 12. [1913 Webster] To leave off, to cease; to desist; to stop. [1913 Webster] Leave off, and for another summons wait. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
320 Moby Thesaurus words for "leave": AWOL, French leave, Godspeed, OK, abandon, abdicate, abrupt, abscondence, absence, absence without leave, absentation, absenteeism, absenting, abstain from, accord, add a codicil, adieu, admission, admit, alienate, allow, allowance, aloha, assign, authorization, back out, bar, be getting along, be gone, be off, be pensioned, be superannuated, beat it, beg off, bequeath, bereave, bud, burgeon, burst forth, buzz off, cast off, cast out, cease, cede, charter, check out, come away, commit, conge, consent, consign, count out, cry off, cut, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, day off, decamp, default, delete, demise, demit, depart, depart from, departure, desert, desist, deviate from, devise, disappear, disappearance, disarticulate, discard, disconnect, discontinue, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dispensation, dispense, disregard, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, doch-an-dorrach, drop out, eject, eliminate, entail, entrust, escape, estrange, evacuate, except, exclude, excused absence, execute a will, exit, expel, farewell, fleeing, flit, flourish, fly, forbear, forget, forsake, freedom, furlough, gang along, gemmate, germinate, get along, get away, get off, get on, get under way, give, give leave, give over, give permission, give the go-ahead, give the word, give up, go, go along, go away, go back on, go off, go on, goldbrick, good-bye, goof off, grant, grow, grow rank, hand down, hand on, holiday, hooky, ignore, isolate, jettison, jilt, jump, leaf, leaf out, leave behind, leave flat, leave loose ends, leave of absence, leave off, leave out, leave over, leave undone, leave-taking, leaving, let, let alone, let be, let dangle, let go, liberty, license, lose, luxuriate, make, make a bequest, make a will, make an exit, make possible, malinger, march off, maroon, mislay, miss, mosey, move away, move off, move out, neglect, nonappearance, nonattendance, okay, omit, orphan, overgrow, overrun, paid holiday, paid vacation, part, parting, parting words, pass on, pass over, pass up, patent, pension off, permission, permission to enter, permit, pretermit, procrastinate, pull away, pull back, pull out, pull up stakes, pullulate, push off, put forth, put forth leaves, put out buds, quit, quit cold, recess, refrain from, reject, release, relinquish, render, renege, renounce, renounce the throne, resign, retire, retire from office, retreat, riot, root, run, run off, running away, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, sabbatical year, sanction, sashay, sashay off, say goodbye to, say the word, scram, segregate, send-off, separate, sequester, set apart, set aside, set off, shirk, shoot, shoot up, shore leave, shove off, shut off, sick leave, skedaddle, skip, slack, special permission, split, sprout, sprout up, stagger along, stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, stand down, step aside, stirrup cup, stop, strike root, subtract, superannuate, take flight, take leave of, take off, take root, take wing, throw off, throw out, throw over, ticket, ticket of admission, time off, toddle along, transfer, transmit, trifle, truancy, truantism, uncouple, unexcused absence, unyoke, up and go, up-anchor, upspear, upsprout, vacate, vacation, valediction, valedictorian, valedictory, valedictory address, vamoose, vegetate, viaticum, vouchsafe, vouchsafement, waiver, weekend, widow, will, will and bequeath, will to, wing it, withdraw, withdraw from, yield