Leave, v. t. To raise; to levy. [Obs.]
An army strong she leaved. --Spenser.
1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
David earnestly asked leave of me. --1 Sam. xx. 6.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead. --Dryden.
2. 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. --Shak.
And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren. --Acts xviii. 18.
French leave. See under French.
Syn: -- See Liberty.
Leave v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaved p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving] To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.
Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Left p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving.]
1. 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. --Gen. ii. 24.
2. 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 ? --Jer. xlix. 9.
These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. --Matt. xxiii. 23.
Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed. --Bacon.
3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
Now leave complaining and begin your tea. --Pope.
4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. --Mark x. 28.
The heresies that men do leave. --Shak.
5. 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. --Shak.
6. 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. --Matt. v. 24.
That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks. --Shak.
7. 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.
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.
Leave v. i.
1. To depart; to set out. [Colloq.]
By the time I left for Scotland. --Carlyle.
2. To cease; to desist; to leave off. “He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest.”
To leave off, to cease; to desist; to stop.
Leave off, and for another summons wait. --Roscommon.
n 1: the period of time during which you are absent from work or
duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother" [syn: leave
2: permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak"
3: the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells";
"he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow" [syn:
farewell, leave-taking, parting]
v 1: go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?";
"She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at
midnight" [syn: go forth, go away] [ant: arrive]
2: 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
3: act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The
inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks
left us speechless"
4: 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" [syn: leave
alone, leave behind]
5: move out of or depart from; "leave the room"; "the fugitive
has left the country" [syn: exit, go out, get out]
6: 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" [syn: allow
for, allow, provide]
7: result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her
blood left a stain on the napkin" [syn: result, lead]
8: 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" [syn: depart, pull up stakes]
9: put into the care or protection of someone; "He left the
decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's
care" [syn: entrust]
10: leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed
me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire
estate" [syn: bequeath, will] [ant: disinherit]
11: have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of
us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
12: be survived by after one's death; "He left six children";
"At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
[syn: leave behind]
13: tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to
the Russians"; "leave your name and address here" [syn: impart,
give, pass on]
14: leave behind unintentionally; "I forgot my umbrella in the
restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked
the doors" [syn: forget]