leave-taking

[leev-tey-king]

noun

a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure: His leave-taking was brief.

Nearby words

  1. leave to someone's own devices,
  2. leave to someone's tender mercies,
  3. leave well enough alone,
  4. leave without a leg to stand on,
  5. leave word,
  6. leaved,
  7. leaven,
  8. leavened,
  9. leavening,
  10. leavenworth

Origin of leave-taking

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75

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British Dictionary definitions for leave-taking

leave-taking

noun

the act of departing; a farewell
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Word Origin and History for leave-taking

leave-taking

n.

late 14c., from leave (n.) + present participle of take (v.).

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