verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
SYNONYMS FOR leave
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Idioms for leave
- Also let alone . to refrain from annoying or interfering with: Those kids wouldn't leave the dog alone, and he eventually turned on them.She finally shouted, “Leave me alone!” at the man who had been following her for several blocks.
- to allow or cause (someone) to be by himself or herself: Leave him alone—he wants to rest.They left me all alone, and I couldn’t figure out how to get back home.
Origin of leave1
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
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
Buzzfeed’s editor, Ben Smith, left the publication earlier this year to join the Times as a media columnist.Ezra Klein leaves Vox, the website he founded, for New York Times, in a digital media A-list exodus|Paul Farhi, Sarah Ellison|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
We know death is never that permanent — and hey, there were still two episodes left.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Ultimately it led him to switch schools, and then take leave of his schooling altogether at 14 years old.
The weather’s chilly, the leaves have fallen, and the holidays are fast-approaching.We deserve ‘nouveau’ wine in 2020 — a vintage meant to be fun and drunk right away|Dave McIntyre|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
We also found that companies’ policies around leave were a very important differentiator of returns.
But she is, Leaver, the most accomplished of her guild, and my right-hand man.
Leaver looked at him as one man looks at another when he loves him better than a brother.
The celebrated Leaver of Baltimore as he was when Burns finished with him.'
"If the Macauleys will not misunderstand, I should prefer to go with you," Leaver replied.
He sent off the message to Bobby Burns without delay, and despatched another to Leaver, announcing their arrival that evening.
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.