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Leave Definition and Meaning

By Fiza Rafique & Urooj Arif — Updated on February 29, 2024
"Leave" means to go away from a place or person, often implying a departure from a previous state or condition. e.g., She decided to leave the party early.
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Leave Definitions

Leave refers to allowing something to remain as is.
Leave the door open for fresh air.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave signifies taking a temporary absence, often from work.
She's on leave for two weeks.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave means to let someone or something alone.
Leave the cat to sleep in its corner.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
Leave conveys the act of exiting a location.
They decided to leave the cinema early.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
Leave involves abandoning or deserting a place or person.
The old house was left abandoned.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave suggests putting something in a certain place or condition.
Leave your shoes at the door.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave denotes giving up or relinquishing a right or claim.
He chose to leave his share of the inheritance.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave refers to causing to remain as a result or consequence.
The storm left the streets flooded.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To go out of or away from
Not allowed to leave the room.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To go without taking or removing
Left my book on the bus.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To omit or exclude
Left out the funniest part of the story.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To have as a result, consequence, or remainder
The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state
Left the lights on.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To have remaining after death
Left a young son.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To bequeath
Left her money to charity.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To give over to another to control or act on
Leave all the details to us.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To abandon or forsake
Leave home.
Left her husband.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To remove oneself from association with or participation in
Left the navy for civilian life.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence
He left a note for you. Leave your name and address.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To cause or permit to be or remain
Left myself plenty of time.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
(Nonstandard) To allow or permit; let.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To set out or depart; go
When can you leave?.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To put forth foliage; leaf.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Permission to do something.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
An act of departing; a farewell
Took leave of her with a heavy heart.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
See leave of absence.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To have a consequence or remnant.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely.
I left my car at home and took a bus to work.
The ants did not leave so much as a crumb of bread.
There's not much food left. We'd better go to the shops.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To cause, to result in.
The lightning left her dazzled for several minutes.
Infantile paralysis left him lame for the rest of his life.
She left disappointed.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver, with a sense of withdrawing oneself.
Leave your hat in the hall.
We should leave the legal matters to lawyers.
I left my sewing and went to the window to watch the falling snow.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To depart; to separate from.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To let be or do without interference.
I left him to his reflections.
I leave my hearers to judge.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.
I left the country and I left my wife.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To end one's membership in (a group); to terminate one's affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project).
I left the band.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(intransitive) To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
I think you'd better leave.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To transfer something.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To transfer possession of after death.
When my father died, he left me the house.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit.
I'll leave the car in the station so you can pick it up there.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To transfer responsibility or attention of (something) (to someone); to stop being concerned with.
Can't we just leave this to the experts?
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To remain (behind); to stay.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To stop, desist from; to "leave off" (+ noun / gerund).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(transitive) To give leave to; allow; permit; let; grant.
We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To produce leaves or foliage.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
(obsolete) To raise; to levy.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(cricket) The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(billiards) The arrangement of balls in play that remains after a shot is made (which determines whether the next shooter — who may be either the same player, or an opponent — has good options, or only poor ones).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
I've been given three weeks' leave by my boss.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Permission.
Might I beg leave to accompany you?
The applicant now seeks leave to appeal and, if leave be granted, to appeal against these sentences.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
(dated) Farewell, departure.
I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To send out leaves; to leaf; - often with out.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To raise; to levy.
An army strong she leaved.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?
These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
Now leave complaining and begin your tea.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
The heresies that men do leave.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
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.
Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way.
The footThat leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
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.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
To cause to be; - followed by an adjective or adverb describing a state or condition; as, the losses due to fire leave me penniless; The cost of defending himself left Bill Clinton with a mountain of lawyers' bills.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To depart; to set out.
By the time I left for Scotland.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
To cease; to desist; to leave off.
Leave off, and for another summons wait.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
David earnestly asked leave of me.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
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.
A double blessing is a'double grace;Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
The period of time during which you are absent from work or duty;
A ten day's leave to visit his mother
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Permission to do something;
She was granted leave to speak
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
The act of departing politely;
He disliked long farewells
He took his leave
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Go away from a place;
At what time does your train leave?
She didn't leave until midnight
The ship leaves at midnight
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
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
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Act or be so as to become in a specified state;
The inflation left them penniless
The president's remarks left us speechless
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
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
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Move out of or depart from;
Leave the room
The fugitive has left the country
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
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 for lots of leeway
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Result in;
The water left a mark on the silk dress
Her blood left a stain on the napkin
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
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
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Put into the care or protection of someone;
He left the decision to his deputy
Leave your child the nurse's care
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave or give by will after one's death;
My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry
My grandfather left me his entire estate
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024
Have left or have as a remainder;
That left the four of us
19 minus 8 leaves 11
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Be survived by after one's death;
He left six children
At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Tell or deposit (information) knowledge;
Give a secret to the Russians
Leave your name and address here
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave behind unintentionally;
I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant
I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave means to depart from a place or position.
He had to leave home for college.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 27, 2024
Leave implies granting permission or freedom to do something.
The teacher will leave you to choose your topic.
Urooj Arif
Jan 27, 2024

Leave Snonyms

Exit

To go out of or leave a place.
Please exit through the rear door.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Abandon

To give up completely or leave behind.
The house has been abandoned for years.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Withdraw

To remove oneself from a place or situation.
She withdrew from the competition due to an injury.
Urooj Arif
Feb 29, 2024

Retreat

To withdraw or move back.
The army retreated after a fierce battle.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Depart

To go away or exit.
He departed from the office early today.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Vacate

To leave a place that one previously occupied.
Tenants were asked to vacate the premises by the end of the month.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Forsake

To renounce or turn away from entirely.
He decided to forsake his old ways and start anew.
Urooj Arif
Feb 29, 2024

Desert

To leave without permission or intent to return.
The soldier was accused of deserting his post.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Quit

To leave (a place), usually permanently.
He quit his job to travel the world.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Flee

To run away from a place or situation of danger.
Residents fled the town after the flood warnings.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 29, 2024

Leave Idioms & Phrases

Take it or leave it

To accept something as it is without modifications or to reject it completely.
The seller said the offer was final – take it or leave it.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave no stone unturned

To do everything possible or explore all options in order to achieve something.
The detective promised to leave no stone unturned in the search for the missing painting.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave well enough alone

To avoid trying to improve something that is already adequate, as doing so might cause problems.
He decided to leave well enough alone and not repaint the perfectly good wall.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave a bad taste in one's mouth

To create a negative impression or feeling.
The way the meeting ended left a bad taste in her mouth.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave someone cold

To not impress someone or evoke a response.
The movie's ending left the audience cold.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave someone to their own devices

To allow someone to do as they wish without interfering.
The teacher left the students to their own devices after giving the assignment.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave at the altar

To suddenly abandon someone, especially not showing up for a wedding.
He shocked everyone when he decided to leave her at the altar.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave in the lurch

To abandon someone in a difficult situation without help.
When her car broke down, her so-called friend left her in the lurch.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave high and dry

To put someone in a very difficult situation without assistance.
The sudden departure of the team leader left the rest of the group high and dry.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave holding the bag

To be left with the responsibility or blame for something.
When the project failed, the junior staff were left holding the bag.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave the door open

To create an opportunity for something to occur in the future.
The agreement left the door open for further negotiations.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave one hanging

To keep someone in a state of uncertainty or suspense.
The unresolved ending of the book left readers hanging.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave the nest

To move out of one's parents' home and live independently.
After college, he was ready to leave the nest and move to a different city.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave to chance

To allow something to be decided by random or unpredictable factors.
He didn't want to leave his career to chance, so he planned carefully.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave with one's tail between one's legs

To depart in a state of defeat or humiliation.
After the rejection, he left the office with his tail between his legs.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave in a huff

To depart angrily or suddenly.
After the argument, she left in a huff.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave out in the cold

To exclude someone from a group or activity.
They felt left out in the cold during the team discussions.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave a lot to be desired

To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.
The service at the restaurant left a lot to be desired.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Leave one's mark

To have a lasting impact or influence.
The artist left his mark with his innovative style.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Leave Example Sentences

Can you leave a message for her?
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
They were sad to leave their grandparents' house.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
She decided to leave the book on the table.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
I have to leave for school in ten minutes.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
They told him to leave the wild animals alone.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
She didn't want to leave her friends behind.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
Please leave your coats in the hallway.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
He was excited to leave on his first solo trip.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
They agreed to leave the decision up to me.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
The movie was so bad, we had to leave halfway through.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
We should leave this place cleaner than we found it.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
He had to leave the game early due to an injury.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024
He forgot to leave the keys under the mat.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
She had to leave work early to pick up her brother.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024
Can I leave my bike here while I shop?
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Common Curiosities

How many syllables are in leave?

There is 1 syllable in "leave."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the root word of leave?

The root word of leave is the Old English word "læfan."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Why is it called leave?

It is called leave because it comes from the Old English word "læfan," meaning to allow to remain, omit, or to trust, entrust, commit to one's care.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is a stressed syllable in leave?

In the word "leave," the single syllable "leave" is the stressed syllable.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

How is leave used in a sentence?

Leave is used as a verb, e.g., "She will leave the house at noon."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the verb form of leave?

Leave itself is the base form of the verb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the first form of leave?

The first form is "leave" (present tense).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

How do we divide leave into syllables?

Leave is not divided into syllables as it is a single syllable word.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is another term for leave?

Another term for leave is "depart" or "exit."
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave a noun or adjective?

Leave is a verb, not a noun or adjective.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave a vowel or consonant?

The word "leave" starts with a consonant.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave a collective noun?

No, leave is not a collective noun; it's a verb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is the word “leave” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

"Leave" is a verb and can act upon a direct object, e.g., "She will leave the house."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the pronunciation of leave?

Leave is pronounced as /liːv/.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave an adverb?

No, leave is not an adverb; it is a verb.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave a negative or positive word?

Leave is neutral; it can be either negative or positive depending on the context.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is the word leave imperative?

Leave can be used in the imperative form, e.g., "Please leave the room."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is the word leave Gerund?

The gerund form of leave is "leaving."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Which determiner is used with leave?

As a verb, leave typically doesn't use determiners. When used as a noun, as in "leave of absence," determiners like "a," "an," or "the" may be used.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the second form of leave?

The second form is "left" (past tense).
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave a countable noun?

Leave is not a noun; it is a verb and therefore not countable.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Which conjunction is used with leave?

Conjunctions are not specific to the word "leave" and depend on the sentence structure. Examples include "and," "but," or "or."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Which article is used with leave?

Articles are typically not used directly with verbs like "leave." When used as a noun in a phrase like "leave of absence," the article "a" or "the" may be used.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

What is the third form of leave?

The third form is "left" (past participle).
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What part of speech is leave?

Leave is a verb.
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

What is the singular form of leave?

Leave does not have a singular form as it is a verb, not a noun.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the plural form of leave?

Leave does not have a plural form; verbs do not have plural forms.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

What is the opposite of leave?

The opposite of leave could be "arrive" or "stay."
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is leave an abstract noun?

No, leave is not a noun; it is a verb.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Is the leave term a metaphor?

The word "leave" can be used metaphorically in certain contexts, but it is not inherently a metaphor.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Which vowel is used before leave?

Vowels are not typically used before verbs like leave.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 28, 2024

Which preposition is used with leave?

Prepositions used with "leave" vary based on context, like "leave from a place" or "leave for a journey."
Urooj Arif
Jan 28, 2024

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Fiza Rafique is a skilled content writer at AskDifference.com, where she meticulously refines and enhances written pieces. Drawing from her vast editorial expertise, Fiza ensures clarity, accuracy, and precision in every article. Passionate about language, she continually seeks to elevate the quality of content for readers worldwide.
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