leave of absence


permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
the length of time granted in such permission: a two-year leave of absence.


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Origin of leave of absence

First recorded in 1765–75
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Example sentences from the Web for leave of absence

  • But it was entirely regular; we had leave-of-absence from college, and Mrs. McBride chaperoned us.

    Daddy Long-Legs|Jean Webster
  • This homely and wholesome couple one may meet any afternoon in Paris, on leave-of-absence days.

    A Love Episode|Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for leave of absence

leave of absence


permission to be absent from work or duty
the period of absence
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