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1leave/ˈliːv/verb
leavesleft/ˈlɛft/leaving
1leave
/ˈliːv/
verb
leavesleft/ˈlɛft/leaving
Learner's definition of LEAVE  
: to go away from (a place)
[+ object]
[no object]
— often + for
   b  [+ object]  : to go away from (a place) to live in a different place
[+ object]  : to go away from (a person)
   b  : to stop living with and having a close personal relationship with (someone)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to give up or stop having (a job, position, etc.)
   b  : to stop attending, belonging to, or working for (a school, a group, an organization, etc.)
[+ object]
[no object]
   c  [+ object]  : to stop participating in (something, such as a game)
[+ object] 
: to go away and allow or cause (something or someone) to remain : to put or bring (something or someone) somewhere and go away
   b 
◊ If you leave someone or something with someone, you allow someone to keep and care for someone or something while you are away.
   c  : to go away and forget or neglect to take (something)
   d  : to go away permanently without taking (something or someone) — often + behind
[+ object]  : to put (something) in a place for another person to take or have
[+ object] 
: to allow someone else to deal with or do (something) — often + with — often + for — often + to — sometimes used figuratively
   b 
◊ In informal U.S. English, you can say leave it to someone (to do something), when someone has acted in a way that is typical or expected.
   c 
◊ If people leave you to do something, they do not help you do it.
[+ object]  : to cause (something or someone) to be or remain in a specified condition or position — often + -ing verb — often + with
[+ object] 
: to allow (something) to remain available or unused
   b 
◊ An amount that is left (over) or that you have left (over) is an amount that remains after the rest has been used or taken away.
[+ object]  : to cause (something) to remain as a result, mark, or sign
[+ object] 
10  : to have (family members) living after your death
   b  : to give (something, such as money or property) to (someone) after your death
11  [+ object]mathematics  : to have (a number) as a remainder

I must love you and leave you

— see 2love

leave much to be desired

— see 1desire

leave no stone unturned

— see 1stone

leave off

[phrasal verb]
: to stop before finishing a story, conversation, etc.
leave off (doing something)informal  : to stop (doing something)

leave out

[phrasal verb]
leave out (someone or something) or leave (someone or something) out 
: to not include or mention (someone or something)

leave (someone) guessing

— see 1guess

leave (someone) in the dust

— see 1dust

leave (someone) in the lurch

— see 3lurch

leave (someone or something) alone

: to not bother or touch (someone or something)

leave (someone or something) be

: to not bother or touch (someone or something)

leave (someone or something) for dead

— see 1dead

leave (someone) out in the cold

— see 2cold

leave (something) to the imagination

— see imagination

leave well enough alone

or Britishleave well alone
: to stop changing something that is already good enough

leave you cold

— see 1cold

leave you to your own devices

— see device

left at the altar

— see altar

take it or leave it

— see 1take
2leave/ˈliːv/noun
2leave
/ˈliːv/
noun
Learner's definition of LEAVE  
: a period of time when someone has special permission to be away from a job or from military service
[singular]
[noncount]
— called also leave of absence
[noncount]formal  : permission to do something

take leave of someone

formalortake your leave
: to say goodbye to someone

take leave of your senses

: to begin acting or thinking in a very foolish way

without (so much as) a by your leave

old-fashioned
: without asking permission
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