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Meaning of LEAVE

Pronunciation:  leev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"
  2. [n]  permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak"
  3. [n]  the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
  4. [v]  leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking; "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
  5. [v]  be survived by after one's death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
  6. [v]  leave behind unintentionally; "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
  7. [v]  go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
  8. [v]  go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
  9. [v]  move out of or depart from; "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country"
  10. [v]  leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  11. [v]  tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"
  12. [v]  put into the care or protection of someone; "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's care"
  13. [v]  remove oneself from an association with or participation in; "She wants to leave"; "The teenager left home"; "She left her position with the Red Cross"; "He left the Senate after two terms"; "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
  14. [v]  result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  15. [v]  make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"
  16. [v]  act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"
  17. [v]  have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"

LEAVE is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: allow, allow for, bequeath, depart, entrust, farewell, forget, go away, go forth, lead, leave alone, leave behind, leave of absence, leave-taking, parting, provide for, pull up stakes, result, will
 Antonyms: arrive, come, come in, disinherit, disown, enter, get, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
 See Also: abandon, abandon, afford, beetle off, bolt, bolt out, break away, bring about, bugger off, bunk, buzz off, change, come away, compassionate leave, decamp, decease, depart, departure, desert, desolate, devise, die, drop out, eject, empty, exit, expire, file out, flee, fly, forsake, fuck off, furlough, get, get off, gift, give, give, go, go, going, going away, hand, have, hightail, hop out, jilt, lam, leave office, leaving, let, liberty, linger, log off, log out, lose, make, move, part, pass, pass, pass, pass away, pass on, perish, permission, pop off, pop out, present, pull out, quit, quit, reach, remember, resign, reward, ride away, ride off, run, run away, run off, run out, rush away, rush off, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, scarper, scram, set forth, set off, set out, shore leave, sick leave, skip, slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, start, start out, steal away, step down, step out, take flight, take leave, take off, tarry, tell, terminal leave, time off, turn over, turn tail, undock, vacate, valediction, vamoose, walk away, walk off, walk out, widow, yield



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Leave\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out. --G.
  2. \Leave\, v. t. [See {Levy}.]
    To raise; to levy. [Obs.]
          An army strong she leaved.               --Spenser.
  3. \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. ? See {Lief}.]
    1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is
       removed; permission; allowance; license.
             David earnestly asked leave of me.    --1 Sam. xx.
             No friend has leave to bear away the dead. --Dryden.
    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.
             A double blessing is a'double grace; Occasion smiles
             upon a second leave.                  --Shak.
             And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while,
             and then took his leave of the brethren. --Acts
                                                   xviii. 18.
    {French leave}. See under {French}.
    Syn: See {Liberty}.
  4. \Leave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left}; 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[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. ?. See
    {Live}, v.]
    1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart
       from; as, to leave the house.
             Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
             mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii.
    2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or
       continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
             If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not
             leave some gleaning grapes ?          --Jer. xlix.
             These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the
             other undone.                         --Matt. xxiii.
             Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be
             said than is expressed.               --Bacon.
    3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
             Now leave complaining and begin your tea. --Pope.
    4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to
             Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. --Mark
                                                   x. 28.
             The heresies that men do leave.       --Shak.
    5. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to
       his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
             I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor.
    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.
             Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy
             way.                                  --Matt. v. 24.
             The foot That leaves the print of blood where'er it
             walks.                                --Shak.
    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.
    {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
       (c) To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit.
    {To leave out}, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in
    {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}.
  5. \Leave\, v. i.
    1. To depart; to set out. [Colloq.]
             By the time I left for Scotland.      --Carlyle.
    2. To cease; to desist; to leave off. ``He . . . began at the
       eldest, and left at the youngest.'' --Gen. xliv. 12.
    {To leave off}, to cease; to desist; to stop.
             Leave off, and for another summons wait.
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