leave1 [lēv]
left, leaving [ME leven < OE læfan, lit., to let remain (< * lafjan < base of laf, remnant, what remains), akin to (be)lifan, to remain, Ger bleiben, OHG belīban < IE * leip-, to smear with grease, stick to < base * lei-, viscous, sticky > L limus: see LIME1]
1. to cause or allow to remain; not take away [to leave some of the food for latecomers]
2. to make, place, deposit, etc., and cause to remain behind one [to leave one's calling card]
3. to have remaining after one [the deceased leaves a widow]
4. to bequeath [to leave a fortune to charity]
5. to let be in the care of; entrust: with to or up to [to leave a decision to another]
6. to give as a remainder by subtraction [ten minus two leaves eight]
7. to reject [take it or leave it]
8. to go away from [to leave the house]
9. to let stay or cause to be in a certain condition [the flood left them homeless]
10. to give up; abandon; forsake
11. to stop living in, working for, or belonging to
12. Chiefly Dial. to let or allow [leave us go now]
to go away, depart, or set out
leave alone
see the phrase under ALONE
leave off
1. to stop; cease
2. to stop doing, using, or wearing
leave out
1. to omit
2. to ignore
leave well enough alone
see the phrase under ALONE
leave2 [lēv]
[ME leve < OE leaf, permission, akin to obs. Ger laube, permission, erlauben, to allow, permit < IE base * leubh-, to like, desire > LIEF, LOVE, L libido]
1. permission
a) permission to be absent from duty or work, esp. such permission given to personnel in the armed services
b) the period for which such permission is granted
beg leave
to ask permission
by your leave
with your permission
on leave
absent from duty with permission
take leave of
to say goodbye to
take one's leave
to go away; depart
leave3 [lēv]
leaved, leaving [ME leven < lefe, LEAF]
to put forth, or bear, leaves; leaf

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