leave [1] VERB (past and past part. left) 1) go away from. 2) cease living at, attending, or working for: he left home at 16. 3) allow or cause to remain; go away without taking. 4) (be left) remain to be used or dealt with: drink left over from the wedding. 5) cause to be in a particular state or position: leave the door open. 6) let (someone) do something without assistance or interference. 7) (leave to) entrust (a decision, choice, or action) to. 8) deposit (something) to be collected or attended to. 9) have as (a surviving relative) after one's death. 10) bequeath.
leave be — Cf. leave be
leave go — Cf. ↑leave go
leave hold of — Cf. ↑leave hold of
leave much (or a lot) to be desired — Cf. ↑leave much to be desired
leave off — Cf. ↑leave off
leave out — Cf. ↑leave out
DERIVATIVES leaver noun.
ORIGIN Old English.
leave [2] NOUN 1) (also leave of absence) time when one has permission to be absent from work or duty. 2) formal permission: seeking leave to appeal.
take one's leave — Cf. ↑take one's leave
take leave to do — Cf. ↑take leave to do
ORIGIN Old English, related to LIEF(Cf. ↑L) and LOVE(Cf. ↑lovingly).

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