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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English lǣfan. Compare German bleiben.

Verb

Infinitive
to leave

Third person singular
leaves

Simple past
left

Past participle
-

Present participle
leaving

to leave (third-person singular simple present leaves, present participle leaving, simple past and past participle left)
  1. (transitive) To transfer possession of after death.
    When my father died, he left me the house.
  2. (transitive) To be left or over; to remain as available.
    There's not much food left, we'd better go to the shops.
  3. (transitive) To not take away with oneself but leave as available for others; to deposit.
    I'll leave the car in the station so you can pick it up there.
  4. (transitive) To transfer responsibility or attention (to); to stop being concerned with.
    Can't we just leave this to the experts?
  5. (transitive) To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.
    I left the country and I left my wife.
  6. (transitive) To end one's membership of.
    I left the band.
  7. (intransitive) To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
    I think you'd better leave.
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Etymology 2

Old English lēaf. Cognate with obsolete German Laube.

Noun

Singular
leave

Plural
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  1. Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
    I've been given three weeks' leave by my boss.
  2. (dated or Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Permission.
    Might I beg leave to accompany you?
    The applicant now seeks leave to appeal and, if leave be granted, to appeal against these sentences.
  3. (dated) Farewell, departure.
    I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.
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References

  • "leave" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

leave” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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