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.
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Origin of leave1
SYNONYMS FOR leave
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
“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.
But outside of a few European countries and Quebec, this leave is usually two weeks or less and usually unpaid.
Marvin and I leave the poolside and go into his dining room.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He prefers to express himself through Twitter and leave it at that.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He so disposed his divisions as to leave Buell in utter uncertainty as to his intentions.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume II (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
"Still you leave me in the dark," Mahommed cried, with a frown.The Prince of India, Volume I|Lew. Wallace
"We shall not forget what you have told us," said Gilbert, as the wreck prepared to leave the room.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn|Robert Machray
But since the crew was emphatically ordered to leave, a respirator might not provide much safety.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
Why, she cannot leave her home at any time, without being dogged by your spies.An Artist in Crime|Rodrigues Ottolengui
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.