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    leave1

    lēv/

    leave; leaves; left; leaving

    verb

    1. go away from. ("she left on May 24")

    synonyms: go from, withdraw, retire from, take oneself off from, exit from, take one's leave of, pull out of, be gone from, vacate, absent oneself from; say one's farewells/goodbyes to, quit; set off, head, make; set sail

    • depart from. ("at the age of sixteen he left home")

    • cease attending or working for. ("she is leaving NBC after 25 years")

    2. allow to remain. ("parts he liked, he'd leave")

    • remain to be used or dealt with.

    • go away from a place without taking (abandon).

    • bequeath.

    • have as (a surviving relative) after one's death.

    3. cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or position.

    • let (someone) do or deal with something (entrust, hand over, pass on, refer)

    • cause to remain as a trace or record. (cause, produce, generate, give rise to)

    • deposit or entrust to be kept, collected, or attended to. ("she left a note for me")

    • entrust a decision, choice, or action to (someone else, especially someone considered better qualified).

    noun

    1. (billiards) the position of the balls after a shot.

    origin

    Old English lǣfan ‘bequeath,’ also ‘allow to remain, leave in place,’ of Germanic origin; related to German bleiben ‘remain.’

    leave2

    noun

    1. time when one has permission to be absent from work or from duty.

    2. permission. (give consent, authorization, sanction, warrant, approval, blessing, assent, license)

    origin

    Old English lēaf ‘permission’; related to lief and love.

    leave3

    verb

    1. put forth leaves.


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