1 go (away or off), depart, set off, be off, get away or off, retire, retreat, withdraw, decamp, (make an) exit, run, be gone, bid (someone or something) goodbye, say goodbye or adieu (to), take (one's) leave (of), quit, desert, pull out, check out, fly, Colloq push or shove off, take off, skedaddle, flit, disappear, do a disappearing act, pull up stakes, up-anchor, Slang beat it, scram, vamoose, split, Brit beetle off, do a bunk, do a moonlight flit, hop it, Taboo Slang Brit bugger off:
Please leave at once. May I leave the room? She left him alone.
2 go or run off, deviate from:
The car left the road and hit a tree.
3 forget, mislay, lose:
I left my car keys somewhere in the house.
4 abandon, desert, take leave of, wash one's hands of, turn one's back on; quit, resign from, give up, renounce, drop (out of):
She left him because he mistreated her. I left school at sixteen.
5 make, render, cause to be or become or remain:
The beauty of the place left me speechless.
6 bequeath, will, hand down, devise, demise, transfer:
Her aunt left some valuable paintings to my wife.
7 entrust, commit, assign, cede, relinquish, give over or up, consign, resign:
They are leaving all the responsibility to me.
8 cause or allow to remain, have as a remainder, yield, give:
Seven from eleven leaves four.
9 leave off. stop, cease, desist, forbear, give up, refrain from, discontinue, abstain (from), renounce:
He won't leave off gossiping about her.
10 leave out. omit, disregard, ignore, neglect; count out, reject, exclude, eliminate, bar, except:
You left out the best part. Don't leave me out of the fun!
1 permission, authorization, consent, freedom, liberty, licence, sanction, dispensation:
Who gave you leave to borrow my car?
2 furlough, leave of absence, time off, sabbatical, recess, holiday, vacation:
I am overworked and badly in need of some leave.
He took his leave of us at last.
1 period of time when you do not go to work
annual | paid, unpaid | extended, indefinite, weekend | compassionate, maternity, parental, paternity, sabbatical, sick, study | home, shore
VERB + LEAVE
be entitled to, get, have
How much annual leave do you get? I've still got some leave left this year.
| go on, spend, take, use (up)
She spent most of her leave with her family. I've still got some leave to use up.
I'm saving all my leave to have a long holiday later in the year.
When the war broke out all leave was cancelled.
| give sb, grant sb | be due for, be owed | apply for
LEAVE + NOUN
She's on leave until the end of the month.
2 official permission to do sth
VERB + LEAVE
He asked leave to absent himself for four days.
| give sb, grant sb | obtain | refuse sb
by sb's ~
The appeal can only be brought by leave of the trial judge.
| with/without sb's ~
No application may be made without the leave of the court.
absent without leave, leave of absence, without (so much as) a by your leave
(= without asking permission)verb
VERB + LEAVE
decide to | intend to, plan to, want to | be ready to
We were all packed and ready to leave.
| be about to, be going to
Did you want something? I was just about to leave.
| threaten to
My secretary has threatened to leave.
| attempt to, try to
They were caught trying to leave the country.
| refuse to | be compelled to, be forced to, be obliged to | ask sb to, order sb to
They were being extremely rowdy and the manager had to ask them leave.
| allow sb to, let sb
I wanted to leave but they wouldn't let me.
| enable sb to
They left for Scotland this morning.
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