left

1
[ left ]
/ lɛft /
||

adjective

noun

adverb

toward the left: She moved left on entering the room.

Nearby words

  1. lefkoşa,
  2. lefort i fracture,
  3. lefort ii fracture,
  4. lefort iii fracture,
  5. lefse,
  6. left atrioventricular valve,
  7. left bank,
  8. left brachiocephalic vein,
  9. left colic flexure,
  10. left colic vein

Origin of left

1
1125–75; 1935–40 for def 6; Middle English left, lift, luft, Old English left idle, weak, useless, Kentish form of lyft- (in lyftādl palsy); cognate with Dutch, Low German lucht; akin to Middle English libbe (modern dial. lib) to castrate, cognate with Dutch, Low German lubben

left

2
[ left ]
/ lɛft /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of leave1.

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.

Verb Phrases

Origin of leave

1
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

Related formsleav·er, noun

Usage note

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.

leave

3
[ leev ]
/ liv /

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

to put forth leaves; leaf.

Origin of leave

3
1250–1300; Middle English leven, derivative of lef leaf

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British Dictionary definitions for left

left

1
/ (lɛft) /

adjective

adverb

on or in the direction of the left

noun

Word Origin for left

Old English left idle, weak, variant of lyft- (in lyftādl palsy, literally: left-disease); related to Middle Dutch lucht left

verb

the past tense and past participle of leave 1

leave

1
/ (liːv) /

verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)


Derived Formsleaver, noun

Word Origin for leave

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

leave

2
/ (liːv) /

noun

Word Origin for leave

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

leave

3
/ (liːv) /

verb leaves, leaving or leaved

(intr) to produce or grow leaves
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Word Origin and History for left
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Idioms and Phrases with left

left

In addition to the idioms beginning with left

  • left field
  • left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, the
  • left wing

also see:

  • hang a left
  • out in left field
  • right and left
  • take up where one left off
  • two left feet

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

also see:

  • 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.

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