- Leave is defined as permission, or is time off from work.
- When you are given permission to attend a party, this is an example of when you are given leave to attend.
- When you take two months off work to care for your new baby, this is an example of maternity leave.
- The definition of leave is to depart, or to let something alone, or to bequeath.
- When you exit a room, this is an example of when you leave the room.
- When you don't bother someone, this is an example of when you leave him alone.
- When you give money to your children in your will, this is an example of when you leave them money.
leave definition by Webster's New World
- to cause or allow to remain; not take away: to leave some of the food for latecomers
- to make, place, deposit, etc., and cause to remain behind one: to leave one's calling card
- to have remaining after one: the deceased leaves a widow
- to bequeath: to leave a fortune to charity
- to let be in the care of; entrust: with to or up to: to leave a decision to another
- to give as a remainder by subtraction: ten minus two leaves eight
- to reject: take it or leave it
- to go away from: to leave the house
- to let stay or cause to be in a certain condition: the flood left them homeless
- to give up; abandon; forsake
- to stop living in, working for, or belonging to
- Chiefly Dial. to let or allow: leave us go now
Origin: Middle English leven ; from Old English læfan, literally , to let remain (; from an unverified form lafjan ; from base of laf, remnant, what remains), akin to (be)lifan, to remain, German bleiben, Old High German belīban ; from Indo-European an unverified form leip-, to smear with grease, stick to ; from base an unverified form lei-, viscous, sticky from source Classical Latin limus: see lime
- leaver noun
- permission to be absent from duty or work, esp. such permission given to personnel in the armed services
- the period for which such permission is granted
Origin: Middle English leve ; from Old English leaf, permission, akin to obsolete German laube, permission, erlauben, to allow, permit ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leubh-, to like, desire from source lief, love, Classical Latin libido
leave definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb left left , leav·ing, leaves leaves verb, transitive
- To go out of or away from: not allowed to leave the room.
- a. To go without taking or removing: left my book on the bus.b. To omit or exclude: left out the funniest part of the story.
- To have as a result, consequence, or remainder: The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.
- To cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state: left the lights on.
- a. To have remaining after death: left a young son.b. To bequeath: left her money to charity.
- To give over to another to control or act on: Leave all the details to us.
- a. To abandon or forsake: leave home; left her husband.b. To remove oneself from association with or participation in: left the navy for civilian life.
- a. To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence: He left a note for you. Leave your name and address.b. To cause or permit to be or remain: left myself plenty of time.
- Nonstandard To allow or permit; let.
Origin: Middle English leaven, from Old English lǣfan; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
- leavˈer noun
- Permission to do something. See Synonyms at permission.
- a. Abbr. lv. Official permission to be absent from work or duty, as that granted to military or corporate personnel.b. The period of time granted by such permission. Also called leave of absence.
- An act of departing; a farewell: took leave of her with a heavy heart.
Origin: Middle English leve, from Old English lēafe, dative and accusative of lēaf; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verb leaved leaved, leav·ing, leaves leaves
Origin: Middle English leaven, from leaf, leaf; see leaf.
leave - Phrases/Idioms
- to stop; cease
- to stop doing, using, or wearing
- to omit
- to ignore
leave well enough alone
by your leave
take leave of
take one's leave
leave no stone unturned