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Definition of leave:

  1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
  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.
  3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
  4. To cease; to desist; to leave off.
  5. To depart; to set out.
  6. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
  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.
  8. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
  9. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
  10. 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.
  11. To raise; to levy.
  12. To send out leaves; to leaf; - often with out.
  13. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.


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Usage examples:

  • " You leave me to myself.

    - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  • " I leave it to you," said Mr. Ducksmith.

    - "The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol", William J. Locke.
  • No- no- don't leave me; take me away!

    - "The Title Market", Emily Post.