What is the meaning of leave?


  • The period of time during which you are absent from work or duty.
    • usage: "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
  • Permission to do something.
    • usage: "she was granted leave to speak"
  • The act of departing politely.
    • usage: "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"


  • Go away from a place.
    • usage: "At what time does your train leave"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
  • Go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness.
    • usage: "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"
  • Act or be so as to become in a specified state.
    • usage: "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"
  • Leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking.
    • usage: "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
  • Move out of or depart from.
    • usage: "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country"
  • Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain.
    • usage: "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
  • Have as a result or residue.
    • usage: "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  • Remove oneself from an association with or participation in.
    • usage: "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"
  • Put into the care or protection of someone.
    • usage: "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's care"
  • Leave or give by will after one's death.
    • usage: "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  • Have left or have as a remainder.
    • usage: "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
  • Be survived by after one's death.
    • usage: "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
  • Transmit (knowledge or skills. )
    • usage: "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"; "impart a new skill to the students"
  • Leave behind unintentionally.
    • usage: "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
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APAWordNet. (2010). leave. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/leave/definitions/1217270
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "leave" http://smartdefine.org/leave/definitions/1217270 (accessed March 26, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, leave, Smart Define, viewed 26 March, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/leave/definitions/1217270>.
MLAWordNet. "leave" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 March 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/leave/definitions/1217270>
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