verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
- to desist from; cease; stop; abandon.
- to stop using or wearing: It had stopped raining, so we left off our coats.
- to omit: to leave a name off a list.
Origin of leave1
Synonyms for leave
Antonyms for leave
Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave ) us sit down and talk this over. Let (not Leave ) her do it her own way. The police wouldn't let (not leave ) us cross the barriers. See also let1.
Origin of leave2
Synonyms for leave
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Related Words for leaveauthorization, allowance, retirement, furlough, sabbatical, vacation, fly, quit, move, retire, start, withdraw, escape, go, flee, disappear, drop, stop, evacuate, surrender
Examples from the Web for leave
Contemporary Examples of leave
“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
But outside of a few European countries and Quebec, this leave is usually two weeks or less and usually unpaid.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Marvin and I leave the poolside and go into his dining room.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
So where does this leave the millions of Palestinians—like my relatives—who dream of self-determination and a sovereign state?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
He prefers to express himself through Twitter and leave it at that.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of leave
Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton's care.
But nevertheless he could not leave it behind since it was for this he had incurred his present peril.
Then go down and leave it where you found it, and I will let you come up.
They administer stinging rebukes that leave the adversary writhing.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Halbert thought it was time to be going, and accordingly got up and took his leave.
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Word Origin for leave
Word Origin for leave
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
Old English læfan "to let remain; remain; have left; bequeath," from Proto-Germanic *laibijan (cf. Old Frisian leva "to leave," Old Saxon farlebid "left over"), causative of *liban "remain," (cf. Old English belifan, German bleiben, Gothic bileiban "to remain"), from root *laf- "remnant, what remains," from PIE *leip- "to stick, adhere;" also "fat."
The Germanic root has only the sense "remain, continue," which also is in Greek lipares "persevering, importunate." But this usually is regarded as a development from the primary PIE sense of "adhere, be sticky" (cf. Lithuanian lipti, Old Church Slavonic lipet "to adhere," Greek lipos "grease," Sanskrit rip-/lip- "to smear, adhere to." Seemingly contradictory meaning of "depart" (early 13c.) comes from notion of "to leave behind" (as in to leave the earth "to die;" to leave the field "retreat").
"permission," Old English leafe "leave, permission, license," dative and accusative of leaf "permission," from West Germanic *lauba (cf. Old Norse leyfi "permission," Old Saxon orlof, Old Frisian orlof, German Urlaub "leave of absence"), from PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love, approve" (see love (n.)). Cognate with Old English lief "dear," the original idea being "approval resulting from pleasure." Cf. love, believe. In military sense, it is attested from 1771.
In addition to the idioms beginning with leave
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- leave alone
- leave a lot to be desired
- leave flat
- leave hanging
- leave holding the bag
- leave in the lurch
- leave no stone unturned
- leave off
- leave one cold
- leave open
- leave out
- leave out in the cold
- leave out of account
- leave someone alone
- leave someone in peace
- leave someone in the lurch
- leave someone to his or her resources
- leave the door open
- leave to someone's own devices
- leave to someone's tender mercies
- leave well enough alone
- leave without a leg to stand on
- leave word
- absent without leave
- (leave) high and dry
- (leave) out in the cold
- take it or leave it
- take leave of
- take one's leave
Also see underlet.