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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Leavev. i. 
     To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.  G. Fletcher.  [1913 Webster]
Leavev. t. [See Levy.].
     To raise; to levy.  [1913 Webster]
    "An army strong she leaved."  [1913 Webster]
Leaven. [OE. leve, leave, AS. leáf; akin to leóf pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G. arlaub, and erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi. Lief.].
  •  Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.  [1913 Webster]
    "David earnestly asked leave of me."  [1913 Webster]
    "No friend has leave to bear away the dead."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; -- used chiefly in the phrase, to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.  [1913 Webster]
    "A double blessing is a'double grace;
    Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren."  [1913 Webster]
French leave. See under French.
Syn. -- See Liberty.
Leavev. t. [OE. leven, AS. lfan, fr. lāf remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. belīfan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. Live, v.].
  •  To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.  [1913 Webster]
    "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.  [1913 Webster]
    "If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?"  [1913 Webster]
    "These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."  [1913 Webster]
    "Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.  [1913 Webster]
    "Now leave complaining and begin your tea."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.  [1913 Webster]
    "Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee."  [1913 Webster]
    "The heresies that men do leave."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.  [1913 Webster]
    "I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver; to commit; to submit -- with a sense of withdrawing one's self from; as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to leave the matter to arbitrators.  [1913 Webster]
    "Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way."  [1913 Webster]
    "The foot
    That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To have remaining at death; hence, to bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good name; he left a legacy to his niece.  [1913 Webster]
  •  to cause to be; -- followed by an adjective or adverb describing a state or condition; as, the losses due to fire leave me penniless; The cost of defending himself left Bill Clinton with a mountain of lawyers' bills.  [WordNet 1.5]
To leave alone. (a) To leave in solitude. (b) To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone. -- To leave off. (a) To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock. (b) To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth. (c) To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit. -- To leave out, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing. -- To leave to one's self, to let (one) be alone; to cease caring for (one).
Syn>- To quit; depart from; forsake; abandon; relinquish; deliver; bequeath; give up; forego; resign; surrender; forbear. See Quit.
Leavev. i. 
  •  To depart; to set out.  [1913 Webster]
    "By the time I left for Scotland."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cease; to desist; to leave off.  Gen. xliv. 12.  [1913 Webster]
    "Leave off, and for another summons wait."  [1913 Webster]
To leave off, to cease; to desist; to stop.


Leave, v. & n.
--v. (past and past part. left)
1 a tr. go away from; cease to remain in or on (left him quite well an hour ago; leave the track; leave here). b intr. (often foll. by for) depart (we leave tomorrow; has just left for London).
2 tr. cause to or let remain; depart without taking (has left his gloves; left a slimy trail; left a bad impression; six from seven leaves one).
3 tr. (also absol.) cease to reside at or attend or belong to or work for (has left the school; I am leaving for another firm).
4 tr. abandon, forsake, desert.
5 tr. have remaining after one's death (leaves a wife and two children).
6 tr. bequeath.
7 tr. (foll. by to + infin.) allow (a person or thing) to do something without interference or assistance (leave the future to take care of itself).
8 tr. (foll. by to) commit or refer to another person (leave that to me; nothing was left to chance).
9 tr. a abstain from consuming or dealing with. b (in passive; often foll. by over) remain over.
10 tr. a deposit or entrust (a thing) to be attended to, collected, delivered, etc., in one's absence (left a message with his secretary). b depute (a person) to perform a function in one's absence.
11 tr. allow to remain or cause to be in a specified state or position (left the door open; the performance left them unmoved; left nothing that was necessary undone).
12 tr. pass (an object) so that it is in a specified relative direction (leave the church on the left).
--n. the position in which a player leaves the balls in billiards, croquet, etc.

be left with
1 retain (a feeling etc.).
2 be burdened with (a responsibility etc.). be well left be well provided for by a legacy etc. get left colloq. be deserted or worsted. have left have remaining (has no friends left).
leave alone
1 refrain from disturbing, not interfere with.
2 not have dealings with. leave be colloq. refrain from disturbing, not interfere with.
leave behind
1 go away without.
2 leave as a consequence or a visible sign of passage.
3 pass. leave a person cold (or cool) not impress or excite a person. leave go colloq. relax one's hold. leave hold of cease holding. leave it at that colloq. abstain from comment or further action. leave much (or a lot etc.) to be desired be highly unsatisfactory.
leave off
1 come to or make an end.
2 discontinue (leave off work; leave off talking).
3 cease to wear. leave out omit, not include. leave over Brit. leave to be considered, settled, or used later.
leave a person to himself or herself
1 not attempt to control a person.
2 leave a person solitary. left at the post beaten from the start of a race. left for dead abandoned as being beyond rescue. left luggage Brit. luggage deposited for later retrieval, esp. at a railway station.
leaver n.
Leave, n.
1 (often foll. by to + infin.) permission.
2 a (in full leave of absence) permission to be absent from duty. b the period for which this lasts.

by (or with) your leave often iron. an expression of apology for taking a liberty or making an unwelcome statement. on leave legitimately absent from duty. take one's leave bid farewell. take one's leave of bid farewell to. take leave of one's senses see SENSE. take leave to venture or presume to.
OE leaf f. WG: cf. LIEF, LOVE



AWOL, French leave, Godspeed, OK, abandon, abdicate, abrupt, abscondence, absence, absence without leave, absentation, absenteeism, absenting, abstain from, accord, add a codicil, adieu, admission, admit, alienate, allow, allowance, aloha, assign, authorization, back out, bar, be getting along, be gone, be off, be pensioned, be superannuated, beat it, beg off, bequeath, bereave, bud, burgeon, burst forth, buzz off, cast off, cast out, cease, cede, charter, check out, come away, commit, conge, consent, consign, count out, cry off, cut, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, day off, decamp, default, delete, demise, demit, depart, depart from, departure, desert, desist, deviate from, devise, disappear, disappearance, disarticulate, discard, disconnect, discontinue, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dispensation, dispense, disregard, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, doch-an-dorrach, drop out, eject, eliminate, entail, entrust, escape, estrange, evacuate, except, exclude, excused absence, execute a will, exit, expel, farewell, fleeing, flit, flourish, fly, forbear, forget, forsake, freedom, furlough, gang along, gemmate, germinate, get along, get away, get off, get on, get under way, give, give leave, give over, give permission, give the go-ahead, give the word, give up, go, go along, go away, go back on, go off, go on, goldbrick, good-bye, goof off, grant, grow, grow rank, hand down, hand on, holiday, hooky, ignore, isolate, jettison, jilt, jump, leaf, leaf out, leave behind, leave flat, leave loose ends, leave of absence, leave off, leave out, leave over, leave undone, leave-taking, leaving, let, let alone, let be, let dangle, let go, liberty, license, lose, luxuriate, make, make a bequest, make a will, make an exit, make possible, malinger, march off, maroon, mislay, miss, mosey, move away, move off, move out, neglect, nonappearance, nonattendance, okay, omit, orphan, overgrow, overrun, paid holiday, paid vacation, part, parting, parting words, pass on, pass over, pass up, patent, pension off, permission, permission to enter, permit, pretermit, procrastinate, pull away, pull back, pull out, pull up stakes, pullulate, push off, put forth, put forth leaves, put out buds, quit, quit cold, recess, refrain from, reject, release, relinquish, render, renege, renounce, renounce the throne, resign, retire, retire from office, retreat, riot, root, run, run off, running away, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, sabbatical year, sanction, sashay, sashay off, say goodbye to, say the word, scram, segregate, send-off, separate, sequester, set apart, set aside, set off, shirk, shoot, shoot up, shore leave, shove off, shut off, sick leave, skedaddle, skip, slack, special permission, split, sprout, sprout up, stagger along, stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, stand down, step aside, stirrup cup, stop, strike root, subtract, superannuate, take flight, take leave of, take off, take root, take wing, throw off, throw out, throw over, ticket, ticket of admission, time off, toddle along, transfer, transmit, trifle, truancy, truantism, uncouple, unexcused absence, unyoke, up and go, up-anchor, upspear, upsprout, vacate, vacation, valediction, valedictorian, valedictory, valedictory address, vamoose, vegetate, viaticum, vouchsafe, vouchsafement, waiver, weekend, widow, will, will and bequeath, will to, wing it, withdraw, withdraw from, yield




VB relinquish, give up, abandon, desert, forsake, leave in the lurch, go back on, depart from, secede from, withdraw from, back out of, leave, quit, take leave of, bid a long farewell, vacate, renounce, forego, have done with, drop, disuse, discard, wash one's hands of, drop all idea of, break off, leave off, desist, stop, hold one's hand, stay one's hand, quit one's hold, give over, shut up shop, throw up the game, throw up the cards, give up the point, give up the argument, pass to the order of the day, move to the previous question, relinquish, give up, surrender, yield, cede, let go, let slip, spare, drop, resign, forego, renounce, abandon, expropriate, give away, dispose of, part with, lay aside, lay apart, lay down, lay on the shelf, set aside, put aside, put away, make away with, cast behind, maroon, give notice to quit, give warning, supersede, be rid of, get rid of, be quit of, get quit of, eject, rid oneself of, disburden oneself of, divest oneself of, dispossess oneself of, wash one's hands of, discard, cast off, dismiss, cast away, throw away, pitch away, fling away, cast aside, cast overboard, cast to the dogs, throw aside, throw overboard, throw to the dogs, pitch aside, pitch overboard, pitch to the dogs, fling aside, fling overboard, fling to the dogs, cast to the winds, throw to the winds, sweep to the winds, put away, turn away, sweep away, jettison, reject, quit one's hold, quitclaim.


VB remain, be left, exceed, survive, leave.


VB be disjoined, come off, fall off, come to pieces, fall to pieces, peel off, get loose, disjoin, disconnect, disengage, disunite, dissociate, dispair, divorce, part, dispart, detach, separate, cut off, rescind, segregate, set apart, keep apart, insulate, isolate, throw out of gear, cut adrift, loose, unloose, undo, unbind, unchain, unlock, unpack, unravel, disentangle, set free, sunder, divide, subdivide, sever, dissever, abscind, circumcise, cut, incide, incise, saw, snip, nib, nip, cleave, rive, rend, slit, split, splinter, chip, crack, snap, break, tear, burst, rend, rend asunder, rend in twain, wrench, rupture, shatter, shiver, cranch, crunch, craunch, chop, cut up, rip up, hack, hew, slash, whittle, haggle, hackle, discind, lacerate, scamble, mangle, gash, hash, slice, cut up, carve, dissect, anatomize, dislimb, take to pieces, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, tear piecemeal, tear limb from limb, divellicate, skin, disintegrate, dismember, disbranch, disband, disperse, dislocate, disjoint, break up, mince, comminute, apportion, part, part company, separate, leave.


N permission, leave, allowance, sufferance, tolerance, toleration, liberty, law, license, concession, grace, indulgence, favor, dispensation, exemption, release, connivance, vouchsafement, authorization, warranty, accordance, admission, permit, warrant, brevet, precept, sanction, authority, firman, hukm, pass, passport, furlough, license, carte blanche, ticket of leave, grant, charter, patent, letters patent, permitting, permissive, indulgent, permitted, patent, chartered, permissible, allowable, lawful, legitimate, legal, legalized, licit, unforbid, unforbidden, unconditional, by leave, with leave, on leave, speciali gratia, under favor of, pace, ad libitum, by all means, yes, avec permissin, brevet d'invention.


VB deliver, hand, pass, put into the hands of, hand over, make over, deliver over, pass over, turn over, assign dower, present, give away, dispense, dispose of, give out, deal out, dole out, mete out, fork out, squeeze out, pay, render, impart, communicate, concede, cede, yield, part with, shed, cast, spend, give, bestow, confer, grant, accord, award, assign, intrust, consign, vest in, make a present, allow, contribute, subscribe, furnish its quota, invest, endow, settle upon, bequeath, leave, devise, furnish, supply, help, administer to, afford, spare, accommodate with, indulge with, favor with, shower down upon, lavish, pour on, thrust upon, tip, bribe, tickle the palm, grease the palm, offer, sacrifice, immolate.

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