leave

1
[ leev ]
/ liv /

verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.

verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.

to go away, depart, or set out: We leave for Europe tomorrow.

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Origin of leave

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before 900; Middle English leven, Old English lǣfan (causative formation from base of lāf remainder; see lave2); cognate with Old High German leiban (compare German bleiben to remain), Old Norse leifa, Gothic -laibjan

usage note for leave

Leave is interchangeable with let when followed by alone with the sense “to refrain from annoying or interfering with”: Leave (or Let ) her alone and she will solve the problem easily. When he was left (or let ) alone without interruptions, the boy quickly assembled the apparatus. The use of leave alone for let alone in the sense “not to mention” is nonstandard: There wasn't any standing room, let (not leave ) alone a seat, so I missed the performance.
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 leave

leav·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leave out (1 of 4)

leave out

verb (tr, adverb)

to cause to remain in the openyou can leave your car out tonight
to omit or exclude

British Dictionary definitions for leave out (2 of 4)

leave1
/ (liːv) /

verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)

Derived forms of leave

leaver, noun

Word Origin for leave

Old English lǣfan; related to belīfan to be left as a remainder

British Dictionary definitions for leave out (3 of 4)

leave2
/ (liːv) /

noun

Word Origin for leave

Old English lēaf; related to alӯfan to permit, Middle High German loube permission

British Dictionary definitions for leave out (4 of 4)

leave3
/ (liːv) /

verb leaves, leaving or leaved

(intr) to produce or grow leaves
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Idioms and Phrases with leave out (1 of 2)

leave out

Omit, fail to include, as in This sentence doesn't make sense; a key word has been left out. [Late 1400s]

Idioms and Phrases with leave out (2 of 2)

leave

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