Definitions for leaveliv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

leave*liv(v.)left, leav•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to go out of or away from, as a place:

    to leave the house.

  2. to depart from permanently; quit:

    to leave a job.

  3. to let remain behind:

    The bear left tracks in the snow.

  4. to let stay or be as specified:

    to leave a motor running.

  5. to let (a person or animal) remain in a position to do something without interference:

    We left him to his work.

  6. to let (a thing) remain for another's action or decision:

    We left the details to the lawyer.

  7. to give in charge; deposit; entrust:

    Leave the package with my neighbor.

  8. to stop; cease; give up:

    She left music to study engineering.

  9. to turn aside from; abandon or disregard:

    We will leave this subject for now.

  10. to give for use after one's death or departure:

    to leave all one's money to charity.

  11. to have remaining after death:

    He leaves a wife and three children.

  12. to have as a remainder after subtraction:

    2 from 4 leaves 2.

  13. Nonstandard.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

    Ref: let1 (defs. 1, 2, 4). 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 6

  14. (v.i.)to go away, depart, or set out:

    We leave for Europe tomorrow.

  15. leave off, to stop; cease; discontinue. to stop using or wearing. to omit.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  16. leave out, to omit; exclude.

    Category: Verb Phrase

* Usage: leave is interchangeable with let when followed by alone with the sense “to refrain from annoying or interfering with”: Leave (or Let) him alone and he will assemble the apparatus properly. The use of leavealone for letalone in the sense “not to mention” is nonstandard: There wasn't even standing room, let (not leave) alone a seat. Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave) us sit down and talk this over. See also let1.

Origin of leave:

bef. 900; ME leven, OE lǣfan, c. OHG leiban, ON leifa, Go bi-laibjan



  1. permission to do something:

    to beg leave to go.

  2. permission to be absent, as from work or military duty:

    to get leave after basic training.

  3. the time this permission lasts:

    30 days' leave.

  4. the bowling pin or pins in upright position after the bowl of the first ball.

Idioms for leave:

  1. on leave,absent with permission, as from work or military duty.

    Category: Idiom

  2. take one's leave,to depart, as after a formal good-bye.

    Category: Idiom

  3. take leave of,to part or separate from:

    Have you taken leave of your senses?

    Category: Idiom

Origin of leave:

bef. 900; ME leve, OE lēaf, c. MHG loube

leaveliv(v.i.)leaved, leav•ing.

  1. to leaf.

    Category: Botany

Origin of leave:

1250–1300; ME leven,lefleaf

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leave, leave of absence(noun)

    the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

    "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"

  2. leave(noun)

    permission to do something

    "she was granted leave to speak"

  3. farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting(verb)

    the act of departing politely

    "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"

  4. leave, go forth, go away(verb)

    go away from a place

    "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"

  5. leave(verb)

    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"

  6. leave(verb)

    act or be so as to become in a specified state

    "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless"

  7. leave, leave alone, leave behind(verb)

    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"

  8. exit, go out, get out, leave(verb)

    move out of or depart from

    "leave the room"; "the fugitive has left the country"

  9. leave, allow for, allow, provide(verb)

    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"

  10. leave, result, lead(verb)

    have as a result or residue

    "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

  11. leave, depart, pull up stakes(verb)

    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"

  12. entrust, leave(verb)

    put into the care or protection of someone

    "He left the decision to his deputy"; "leave your child the nurse's care"

  13. bequeath, will, leave(verb)

    leave or give by will after one's death

    "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

  14. leave(verb)

    have left or have as a remainder

    "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11"

  15. leave, leave behind(verb)

    be survived by after one's death

    "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"

  16. impart, leave, give, pass on(verb)

    transmit (knowledge or skills)

    "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"; "impart a new skill to the students"

  17. forget, leave(verb)

    leave behind unintentionally

    "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. leave(verb)liv

    to go away from a place

    I'm leaving in ten minutes.; He left last night for Spain.

  2. leaveliv

    to leave your home permanently

    She left home at 16.

  3. leaveliv

    to stop working at a place or going to school permanently

    He left the company last month.; She's leaving after 15 years.

  4. leaveliv

    to stop going to school permanently

    She left school at 16.

  5. leaveliv

    to forget to bring sth with you

    I left my credit card at the store.

  6. leaveliv

    to put sth in a place and go away from it

    Leave the package on the front porch.

  7. leaveliv

    to cause a particular condition or emotion to remain after going away

    Don't leave the light on.; He left the business a complete mess.; The storm left thousands of people homeless.; I was left with the feeling that he was mad at me.; The experience left me worrying about my health.

  8. leaveliv


    There was no food left.; We looked at what was left of our house.

  9. leaveliv

    remaining after everything else has been used

    There was only a little cake left over.

  10. leaveliv

    to not do sth, in order to do it later or so that sb else does it

    I left that to do last.; Leave it to me to figure that out.

  11. leaveliv

    to end a relationship in which you live with sb

    She left him for another man.

  12. leaveliv

    to indicate who will get your money or property when you die

    She left everything to her sons.

  13. leaveliv

    indicates sth is not very good

    His acting left a lot to be desired.

  14. leave(noun)liv

    time when you are allowed to be away from work

    the policy for sick leave; soldiers on leave

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leave(verb)

    to send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out

  2. Leave(verb)

    to raise; to levy

  3. Leave(noun)

    liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license

  4. Leave(noun)

    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

  5. Leave

    to withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house

  6. Leave

    to let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed

  7. Leave

    to cease from; to desist from; to abstain from

  8. Leave

    to desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish

  9. Leave

    to let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge

  10. Leave

    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

  11. Leave

    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

  12. Leave(verb)

    to depart; to set out

  13. Leave(verb)

    to cease; to desist; to leave off


  1. leave

    Leave is Singaporean Mandopop artist Stefanie Sun's fourth Mandarin studio album. It was released on 21 May 2002 by Warner Music Taiwan. The album features the English and Mandarin version of "一起走到", the theme song of Sing Singapore for the 2002 National Day Parade. The album was awarded one of the Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year at the 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leave' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #573

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leave' in Written Corpus Frequency: #333

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leave' in Nouns Frequency: #1732

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leave' in Verbs Frequency: #29

Translations for leave

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


permission to do something, eg to be absent

Have I your leave to go?

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