verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
SYNONYMS FOR leave
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Idioms for leave
- Also let alone . to refrain from annoying or interfering with: Those kids wouldn't leave the dog alone, and he eventually turned on them.She finally shouted, “Leave me alone!” at the man who had been following her for several blocks.
- to allow or cause (someone) to be by himself or herself: Leave him alone—he wants to rest.They left me all alone, and I couldn’t figure out how to get back home.
Origin of leave1
usage note 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM leaveleav·er, noun
Words nearby leave
Definition for leave (2 of 3)
Definition for leave (3 of 3)
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Example sentences from the Web for leave
The team then leaves on a West Coast trip with four games in six days.Bradley Beal will miss Friday’s game against the Knicks for rest|Ava Wallace|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
To serve, divide among bowls and top with plenty of basil leaves.
If that didn’t convince Garnett’s peers, they all understood what might be ahead — for them and for professional basketball — after they left that hotel room.An NBA experiment lets draft prospects skip college, stay home and get paid to play|Michael Lee|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The senior was poised to reestablish himself after a foot injury left him in a boot and forced him to miss six games last season.For this college football team, covid means the season starts in February — with Senior Day|Glynn A. Hill|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Democratic leaders of the committee recently introduced a bill to substitute paid leave for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act for federal employees needing time off for personal or family medical reasons.Federal workers could get more paid leave if covid-19 prevents them from working|Eric Yoder|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.
Some seventy-plus countries currently offer some paternity leave or parental leave days reserved for the father.
But outside of a few European countries and Quebec, this leave is usually two weeks or less and usually unpaid.
Certainly paid paternity leave is part of it (and in the U.S., we need paid maternity and paternity leave).
And then when businesses leave the state, they want to know why.
They are very urgent questions; our sons and daughters will have to begin to deal with them from the moment they leave college.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
As Perker said this, he looked towards the door, with an evident desire to render the leave-taking as brief as possible.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Now for the tempering of the Gudgeons, I leave it to the judgment of the Workman; but a word or two of the polishing of it.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
We can do as we like with Hindu and Mussalman so long as we leave their respective religions untouched.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
“You must leave this house this moment,” she cried, with a stamp, with gleaming eyes and very pale.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for leave (1 of 3)
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Derived forms of leaveleaver, noun
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leave (2 of 3)
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leave (3 of 3)
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
Idioms and Phrases with leave
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.