leave

I.
/liv / (say leev)

verb (left, leaving)
verb (t)
1. to go away from, depart from, or quit, as a place, a person, or a thing.
2. to let stay or be as specified: to leave a door unlocked.
3. to let (a person, etc.) remain in a position to do something without interference: leave him alone.
4. to let (a thing) remain for action or decision.
5. to allow to remain in the same place, condition, etc.
6. to let remain, or have remaining behind, after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.: the wound left a scar.
7. to have remaining after death: he leaves a widow.
8. to bequeath: he left her a fortune.
9. to give in charge; give for use after one's death or departure.
10. to have as a remainder after subtraction: 2 from 4 leaves 2.
11. Cricket (of the ball) to move away from (the person batting) towards the off, as a leg break or outswinger.
verb (i)
12. to go away, depart, or set out: we leave for Tasmania tomorrow.
phrase
13. leave be, to refrain from intruding on (someone) or interfering in their plans: to leave them be to do their own thing.
14. leave for dead,
a. to abandon someone on the presumption that they are dead.
b. to outclass or outstrip in a competition.
15. leave it at that, to go no further; do or say nothing more.
16. leave it be, to cease to remonstrate; to allow a situation to take its own course.
17. leave off,
a. not to put on (an item of clothing): he left off his hat.
b. to exclude from: they left her name off the list.
c. to cease doing (something): leave off crying now.
d. to desist from, stop, or abandon.
18. leave out, to omit or exclude.
19. leave someone be, to cease interfering or taking an active interest in someone's affairs.
20. leave someone cold, to make little or no impression on someone.
21. leave someone to it, to leave someone alone to get on with something.
{Middle English leve(n), Old English lǣfan (from lāf remainder)
II.
[c]/liv / (say leev)

noun
1. permission to do something.
2. permission to be absent, as from duty: to be on leave.
3. the time this permission lasts: 30 days' leave.
4. a farewell: to take leave of someone.
{Middle English leve, Old English lēaf. Compare Dutch (oor)lof, German (Ur)laub, (Ver)laub furlough}
III.
/liv / (say leev)

verb (i) (leaved, leaving)
to put forth leaves; leaf.
{variant of leaf (verb)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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