leave

Definitions

  • A Yank going on leave
    A Yank going on leave
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leave leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking "leave it as is","leave the young fawn alone","leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
    • v leave be survived by after one's death "He left six children","At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
    • v leave leave behind unintentionally "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant","I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
    • v leave go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness "She left a mess when she moved out","His good luck finally left him","her husband left her after 20 years of marriage","she wept thinking she had been left behind"
    • v leave go away from a place "At what time does your train leave?","She didn't leave until midnight","The ship leaves at midnight"
    • v leave move out of or depart from "leave the room","the fugitive has left the country"
    • v leave leave or give by will after one's death "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry","My grandfather left me his entire estate"
    • v leave transmit (knowledge or skills) "give a secret to the Russians","leave your name and address here","impart a new skill to the students"
    • v leave put into the care or protection of someone "He left the decision to his deputy","leave your child the nurse's care"
    • v leave remove oneself from an association with or participation in "She wants to leave","The teenager left home","She left her position with the Red Cross","He left the Senate after two terms","after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
    • v leave have as a result or residue "The water left a mark on the silk dress","Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
    • v leave make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain "This leaves no room for improvement","The evidence allows only one conclusion","allow for mistakes","leave lots of time for the trip","This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
    • v leave act or be so as to become in a specified state "The inflation left them penniless","The president's remarks left us speechless"
    • v leave have left or have as a remainder "That left the four of us","19 minus 8 leaves 11"
    • n leave the act of departing politely "he disliked long farewells","he took his leave","parting is such sweet sorrow"
    • n leave permission to do something "she was granted leave to speak"
    • n leave the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Interwoven stems ending in decorative leaves Interwoven stems ending in decorative leaves
GENERAL PUTNAM LEAVING A PAIR OF TIRED STEERS GENERAL PUTNAM LEAVING A PAIR OF TIRED STEERS
Leaving Home Leaving Home
Ink impressions of leaves Ink impressions of leaves
Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden Ink impressions of leaves: White oak. Linden
TRANSPORTS LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON ON THE NIGHT PASSAGE TO FRANCE TRANSPORTS LEAVING SOUTHAMPTON ON THE NIGHT PASSAGE TO FRANCE
Ribby leaves Tabitha's shop Ribby leaves Tabitha's shop
Washington Leaving His Home Washington Leaving His Home

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
    • Leave Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license. "David earnestly asked leave of me.""No friend has leave to bear away the dead."
    • Leave 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. "A double blessing is a'double grace;
      Occasion smiles upon a second leave ."
      "And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren."
    • Leave 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.
    • Leave To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from. "Now leave complaining and begin your tea."
    • Leave To cease; to desist; to leave off. "He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest.""Leave off , and for another summons wait."
    • Leave To depart; to set out. "By the time I left for Scotland."
    • Leave To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish. "Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.""The heresies that men do leave ."
    • Leave 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.
    • Leave To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge. "I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor."
    • Leave To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed. "If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?""These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.""Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed."
    • Leave 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. "Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way.""The foot
      That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks."
    • v. t Leave To raise; to levy. "An army strong she leaved ."
    • v. i Leave To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.
    • Leave To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place
    • leave To let remain; fail or neglect to take away, remove, or destroy; allow to stay or exist: as, he left his baggage behind him; 5 from 12 leaves 7; only a few were left alive.
    • leave To place or deliver with intent to let remain; part from by giving or yielding up: as, to leave papers at the houses of subscribers; to leave money on deposit.
    • leave To let remain for a purpose; confide, commit, or refer: as, to leave the decision of a question to an umpire; I leave that to your judgment.
    • leave To let remain or have remaining at death; hence, to transmit, bequeath, or give by will: as, he leaves a wife and children, and has left his property in trust for their use.
    • leave To go away or depart from; quit, whether temporarily or permanently.
    • leave To separate or withdraw from; part company or relinquish connection with; forsake; abandon; desert: as, to leave a church or society; to leave one occupation for another; he has left the path of rectitude.
    • leave To quit, as the doing of anything; cease or desist from; give over; leave off: followed, to express the verbal action, by a verbal noun in -ing, or formerly by an infinitive with to.
    • leave To suffer or permit to continue; fail to change the state, condition, or course of; let remain as existing: as, to leave one free to act; leave him in peace; leave it as it is.
    • leave To cease wearing or using; lay aside; give up: as, to leave off a garment; to leave off tobacco.
    • leave (c ) To give up or cease to associate with.
    • leave To remain; be left.
    • leave To go away; depart: as, he left by the last steamer; I am to leave to-morrow; the next train leaves at 10.
    • leave To give over; cease; leave off.
    • n leave A leaving; something left or remaining.
    • n leave Liberty granted to do something, or for some specific action or course of conduct; permission; allowance; license.
    • n leave Specifically Liberty to depart; permission to be absent: as, to take leave. See below.
    • n leave Originally, to receive formal permission, as from a superior, to depart; now, to part with some expression of farewell; bid farewell or adieu.
    • n leave Synonyms Leave, Liberty, License. These words imply that the permission granted may be used or not. Leave is the lightest, is generally personal, and is used on familiar occasions. Liberty is more often connected with more important matters; it indicates full freedom, and perhaps that obstacles are completely cleared from the path. License, primarily the state of being permitted by law, may retain this meaning (as, license to sell iutoxicating drinks), or it may go so far as to mean that unlawful or undue advantage is taken of legal permission or social for bearance: as, liberty easily degenerates into license.
    • leave To give leave to; permit; allow; let; grant.
    • leave [The Middle English form leve (that is, as usually written, leue) is often confounded in manuscripts and early printed editions with lene, to grant, lend.
    • leave [The verb leave, permit, allow, is generally confused with leave, permit to remain, quit, etc., from which, however, it differs in construction. Leave is now generally followed by an indirect object of the person, and an infinitive with to: as, I leave you to decide. In vulgar speech leave is often used for let without to: as, leave me be; leave me go.]
    • leave Same as leaf.
    • leave To raise; levy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans use about 100 million pounds of tea leaves every year.
    • n Leave lēv permission: liberty granted: formal parting of friends: farewell.
    • v.t Leave lēv to allow to remain: to abandon, resign: to quit or depart from: to have remaining at death: to bequeath: to refer for decision
    • v.i Leave to desist: to cease: to depart:—pr.p. leav′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. left
    • v.t Leave lēv (Spens.) to levy, to raise.
    • v.i Leave lēv to put out leaves
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Quotations

  • Lady Stella Reading
    Lady Stella Reading
    “The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
  • Amelia E. Barr
    Amelia E. Barr
    “Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural.”

Idioms

French leave - To take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
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Gardening leave - (UK) If someone is paid for a period when they are not working, either after they have given in their notice or when they are being investigated, they are on gardening leave.
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Leave no stone unturned - If you look everywhere to find something, or try everything to achieve something, you leave no stone unturned.
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Leave well alone - If you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it, either physically or metaphorically.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,. √119. See Live (v.)

Usage

In literature:

It's not that I won't leave them alone, but that they won't leave me.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The other two kinds of leaves are neither so conspicuous nor so numerous as the foliage leaves.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Hold fast, Therese, and leave off trembling as soon as you can.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
The leaves selected for this quality come from the middle and even the top leaves of the plant.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Let us leave this subject where the Constitution leaves it.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The half-drunken Don Juan laughs at her, and so she leaves him alone.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The guests were taking their leave.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
It is not from any regret either feels at leaving California; but leaving it under circumstances that painfully impress them.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
If one should leave the mass and go among the frosty combs for a supply, its fate would be as certain as starvation.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Its leaves were three inches wide, and somewhat lobed like those of the oak.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The signatures are a (2 leaves), b (2 leaves), B to R (sixteen sheets, each 12 leaves), plus S (4 leaves).
"A Bibliography of the writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow" by Thomas J. Wise
He found a little inn there, but he hardly knew whether to leave his bag or no.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
If the plant is too large for the mounting sheet, cut out the central part, and use the root, lower leaves, upper leaves, and flower.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
It is better to leave a plate short at tail or fore-edge than to leave it out of square.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Leaves and shoots dimorphous, primary leaves on long shoots, secondary leaves on dwarf shoots.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
I will leave Paris before another day.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
You've your seven four-leaved shamrocks in your pocket, one of which is a six-leaved one, and so you will be able to see it.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
But, you see, Emma, I don't like to leave you for a single day even before I have to return to school.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Of course they must leave London now, and leave it for ever.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Single egg laid on a few oak leaves and pine needles at the end of a three foot burrow.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
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In poetry:

Malice of sunbeam or
menace of moon
Piping shall leave us
no taste of a tune.
"In the Dim Counties" by John Shaw Neilson
Oh, yon's the way to Arcady,
To Arcady, to Arcady;
Oh, yon's the way to Arcady,
Where all the leaves are merry.
"The Way To Arcady" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
OH, what's the way to Arcady,
To Arcady, To Arcady;
Oh, what's the way to Arcady,
Where all the leaves are merry?
"The Way To Arcady" by Henry Cuyler Bunner
The wicked I perhaps may leave
Awhile, and not reprove;
But all the children I receive
I scourge, because I love.
"Love-Tokens" by John Newton
Stay while ye will, or go,
And leave no scent behind ye:
Yet trust me, I shall know
The place where I may find ye.
"To Carnations: A Song" by Robert Herrick
When the springtime is sweet
And the birds repeat
Their new song in the leaves.
‘Tis meet
A man go where he will.
"Langue D'Oc" by Ezra Pound

In news:

WITH the election over, the biggest guessing game at City Hall these days is: Who leaves and who stays for Mayor Bloomberg's third term.
Repeated freezing crystallizes out water, leaving more concentrated alcohol—and eventually liquor.
Hofmann's withdrawal leaves 14 applicants for Judge Thomas G Fisher's position.
Leave a comment August 3rd, 2012 10:43 am.
Kansas Gov Mark Parkinson speaks about his time in office and how he feels he's leaving the state for Gov.-elect Sam Brownback.
Ravens CB Webb leaves with knee injury.
The plant on the left was cooled as a plug with about four leaves and did not flower.
A lot has happened in the last few days, from Boys & Girls firing and hiring a football coach to one of the state's top soccer players leaving for Arizona.
If an adult man hits a teenage girl with a piece of wood leaving her bruised, you might call it assault.
Wild swings in precipitation leave reservoirs empty, rangelands parched.
Started a school testing and admissions consultancy after leaving Morgan Stanley last year.
Jim Axelrod reports the devastating drought has dried up 200 miles of the river leaving no water to divert causing profits to be cut in half.
Soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard 's First Battalion, 211th Aviation prepare to leave on the first leg of their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.
For a superstar who wants to leave the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard doesn't want to leave the floor and take a rest.
Tribune investigation finds school districts usually pay hefty parting gifts to leaders who leave early, even if they leave under a cloud.
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In science:

The check is rather straightforward and we leave the details to the reader.
Determinantal random point fields
This operation leaves the length of an expression unchanged.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
I leave the straightforward details to the reader.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Pl(U \ V ) = ?D , Pl(V ) > ?D , if Pl(V ) = ?D . unde(cid:12)ned I leave it to the reader to check that Pl is a coherent cpm.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
If m is even, this leaves m = 2 as smallest possibility.
Large characteristic subgroups of surface groups not containing any simple loops
This continuation leaves the Moyal phase invariant.
Space-Time Noncommutative Field Theories And Unitarity
From the Eq. (19), it is clear that this leaves our answer unchanged except for the values of various non-universal scale factors.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
If p = q (which occurs with probability 1/n), leave the cards in their current positions.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
We leave it to interested reader to spell out what the general results in Section 6.2 say about this example.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
This leaves one term unpaired: If n is even, we have [n − 1] = [n − 2]+ ∈ J but [n − 2] /∈ J , while the reverse is true if n is odd.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
For decreasing values of c one leaves this perturbative regime, and the increase of ∆ shows that pairing is suppressed.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Aut(G)| for a given graph G is defined as the order of its automorphism group, formed by the permutations of the vertices that leave its incidence matrix invariant.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
This leaves the other nb neighbors which turned up after site i.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
What remains of a graph when leaves are iteratively removed until none remains ? The answer depends on what is meant by leaves.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Note that the leaves of G(1) (if any) are not leaves of G.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
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