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

Origin of leave-taking

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75
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Examples from the Web for leave-taking

Historical Examples of leave-taking

  • One direct result of it all was to hasten Josie's own leave-taking.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Then Mathieu took her in his arms, and there was no ending to their leave-taking.


    Emile Zola

  • And now came the hidden pain of my leave-taking of Madonna Paola.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He wished Clifford would hurry up and get the leave-taking over with.

  • The others were going too, and in the bustle of leave-taking some moments were passed.

British Dictionary definitions for leave-taking



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

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

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