Definition of Leave

Pronunciation: lĕft
v. i.1.To send out leaves; to leaf; - often with out.
[imp. & p. p. Leaved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving]
v. t.1.To raise; to levy.
An army strong she leaved.
- Spenser.
n.1.Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
David earnestly asked leave of me.
- 1 Sam. xx. 6.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead.
- Dryden.
2.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.
And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.
- Acts xviii. 18.
French leave
See under French.
v. t.1.To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.
[imp. & p. p. Left (lĕft); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving.]
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
- Gen. ii. 24.
2.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 ?
- Jer. xlix. 9.
These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
- Matt. xxiii. 23.
Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed.
- Bacon.
3.To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
Now leave complaining and begin your tea.
- Pope.
4.To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
- Mark x. 28.
The heresies that men do leave.
- Shak.
5.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.
- Shak.
6.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.
- Matt. v. 24.
The foot
That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
- Shak.
7.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.
8.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.
To leave alone
a - To leave in solitude.
b - To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone.
To leave off
a - To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock.
b - To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth.
c - To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit.
To leave out
to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing.
To leave to one's self
to let (one) be alone; to cease caring for (one).
v. i.1.To depart; to set out.
By the time I left for Scotland.
- Carlyle.
2.To cease; to desist; to leave off.
To leave off
to cease; to desist; to stop.
Leave off, and for another summons wait.
- Roscommon.

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