Definitions for leaver

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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. departer, leaver, goer(noun)

    someone who leaves


  1. leaver(Noun)

    One who leaves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leaver(noun)

    one who leaves, or withdraws

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. leaver

    A merchant ship which breaks off from a convoy to proceed to a different destination and becomes independent. Also called convoy leaver. See also leaver convoy; leaver section.

Anagrams of leaver

  1. reveal


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