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  Definition of Leave
  1. the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"
  2. permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak"
  3. the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day''s leave to visit his mother"
  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"
  5. be survived by after one''s death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
  6. leave behind unintentionally; "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
  7. 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"
  8. go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn''t leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
  9. move out of or depart from; "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country"
  10. leave or give by will after one''s death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  11. tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"
  12. put into the care or protection of someone; "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse''s care"
  13. 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"
  14. result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  15. 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
  16. act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president''s remarks left us speechless"
  17. have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"
Similar Words: farewell, leave-taking, parting, leave of absence, leave alone, leave behind, forget, go forth, go away, exit, go out, get out, bequeath, will, impart, give, pass on, entrust, depart, pull up stakes, result, lead, allow for, allow, provide


Hyponyms: valediction, furlough, pass, compassionate leave, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, shore leave, liberty, sick leave, terminal leave, let, widow, jilt, abandon, forsake, desolate, desert, go out, depart, take leave, quit, pop off, walk off, walk away, hightail, walk out, come away, decamp, skip, vamoose, scram, buzz off, get, bugger off, run off, run out, bolt, bolt out, beetle off, ride off, ride away, tarry, linger, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off, pull out, get out, rush off, rush away, run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away, slip away, steal away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, vacate, empty, go, go away, pop out, file out, hop out, get off, fall out, step out, eject, undock, log out, log off, devise, pass on, remember, fee-tail, entail, leave office, step down, resign, drop out, lead


Grouped Verbs: bequeath, will, leave behind, forget, exit, go out, get out, depart, pull up stakes, go forth, go away, impart, give, pass on, admit, allow, result, lead, leave alone


Entailments: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass


Derivational Morphology: separate, part, split, depart, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off, exit, go out, get out, go forth, go away, farewell, leave-taking, parting, departer, leaver, goer, issue, outlet, way out, will, testament, giving, conveyance, imparting, impartation, consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, upshot, resultant, final result, termination


Anagrams: Aleve, valve


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: erf and gaan and laat and verlaat   Chinese: 離開  
Danish: efterlade and forlade and tilbage   Dutch: achterlaten and laten and over zijn and verlaten and weggaan  
Esperanto: foriri   Finnish: jättää and lähteä  
French: laisser and partir and quitter   German: lassen and verlassen  
Greek: φεύγω   Indonesian: berangkat and tinggal  
Italian: lasciare and partire   Japanese: 出発 and 引き離す and 残す  
Korean: 떠나다   Latvian: atstāt  
Lithuanian: palikti   Norwegian: etterlate and forlate  
Polish: iść and opuścić and zostawić   Portuguese: partir  
Russian: оставлять and уходить   Slovenian: oditi and ostati and pustiti and zapustiti  
Spanish: dejar and irse and quedar and salir   Swahili: kuondoka  
Swedish: (låta) bero and lämna   Welsh: gadael  
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