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Leave

Leave appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Evil assent I won, Eva, else Popes leave no witness alive.
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Usage statistics for the verb leave:

spoken English49.18%written English50.82%
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Leave is sometimes a misspelling of leaf.

The word leave is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun leave

What does leave mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leaves

  1. the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
    • example: a ten day's leave to visit his mother
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of leave: leave of absence
    • more generic term: time off = a time period when you are not required to work
    • more specific terms:
  2. permission to do something
    • example: she was granted leave to speak
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: permission = approval to do something
  3. the act of departing politely

Alternative definition of the noun leave

noun

  1. [cricket] [the action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball].
  2. Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
  3. [dated or legal] Permission.
  4. [dated] Farewell, departure.

Specialised definition of the noun leave

Glossary of sports / bowling

the pins that remain standing after the first ball (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the pins that remain after the first ball has been rolled

Definition of the verb leave

What does leave mean as a doing word?

Leave is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
leftleftleavingleaves

  1. go away from a place
  2. go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
    • examples: They leave the people the food | They leave the money in the closet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaqueVerbs of Change of Possession: issue, present, trust
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]I promised somebody my timeVerbs of Change of Possession: advance, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, award, bequeath, cede, concede, extend, grant, guarantee, issue, offer, owe, portion, promise, ration, vote, will, yield
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I promised my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Recipient]The House allocated more than $1.8 million for the pensions and expenses of former presidents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]We offered our paycheck to her
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more specific words:
  3. act or be so as to become in a specified state
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: get / make = give certain properties to something
  4. leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
    • examples: leave it as is | leave the young fawn alone | leave the flowers that you see in the park behind
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of leave: leave alone / leave behind / let alone
    • more generic words: forbear / refrain = resist doing something
    • more specific word: let = leave unchanged
  5. move out of or depart from
    • examples: leave the room | The men leave the boat
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of leave: exit / get out / go out
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms:
      • go away / depart / go = move away from a place into another direction
      • pop out = exit briefly
      • file out = march out, in a file
      • get off / hop out = get out of quickly
      • fall out = leave (a barracks) in order to take a place in a military formation, or leave a military formation
      • get off = leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
      • step out = go outside a room or building for a short period of time
      • eject = leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule
      • undock = move out of a dock
      • log off / log out = exit a computer
  6. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    • examples: This leaves no room for improvement | leave lots of time for the trip
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of leave: allow / allow for / provide
    • more generic words: afford / give / yield = be the cause or source of
  7. produce as a result or residue
  8. remove oneself from an association with or participation in
    • examples: She wants to leave | They leave the countryside
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]He resigned
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]I resigned my position
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source, not sentential clause]I resigned from the military

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): abdicate, depart, quit, renounce, resign, retire, vacate, withdraw.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of leave: depart / pull up stakes
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific terms:
  9. put into the care or protection of someone
    • examples: leave your child in the nurse's care | They leave the money to them | They leave them the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Many small investors in Belgium store securities
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Michelle kept the papers in the desk

      Keep Verbs (with the same syntax): hoard, keep, stock, store.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of leave: entrust
    • more generic terms: give / hand / pass / pass on / reach / turn over = place into the hands or custody of
  10. leave or give by will after one's death
    • examples: They leave the money to them | They leave them the money
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of leave: bequeath / will
    • more generic words: gift / give / present = give as a present
    • more specific terms:
      • devise = give by will, especially real property
      • pass on = give to or transfer possession of
      • remember = show appreciation to
      • fee-tail / entail = limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
  11. have left or have as a remainder
    • example: 19 minus 8 leaves 11
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: have = have left
  12. be survived by after one's death
  13. transmit (knowledge or skills)
    • example: leave your name and address here
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of leave: give / impart / pass on
    • more generic word: tell = let something be known
    • more specific word: convey = make known
  14. leave behind unintentionally
    • example: They leave the money in the closet
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 9
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of leave: forget
    • more generic word: lose = miss from one's possessions

Alternative definition of the verb leave

verb

  1. [transitive] To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely.
  2. [transitive] To transfer possession of after death.
  3. [transitive] To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit.
  4. [transitive] To transfer responsibility or attention of (something) (to someone); to stop being concerned with.
  5. [transitive] To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.
  6. [transitive] To end one's membership in (a group); to terminate one's affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project).
  7. [intransitive] To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
  8. [intransitive, obsolete] To remain (behind); to stay.
  9. [transitive, archaic] To stop, desist from; to "leave off" (+ noun / gerund).
  10. [intransitive, rare] To produce leaves or foliage.

Music

  1. "Leave" is Singaporean Mandopop artist Stefanie Sun's fourth Mandarin studio album. It was released on 21 May 2002 by Warner Music Taiwan.
  2. "Leave" a.k.a. "Leave!" is the second single by singer VV Brown from her first album Travelling Like the Light. It was released on March 2, 2009, and was accompanied by a music video. This single, like her first single "Crying Blood" failed to reach the charts.
  3. "Leave" is the first single released for the soundtrack of "Kaliber Deluxe" and it's sung by Lula and Bela B..
  4. "Leave" is a musical single of White Widow.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  5. "Leave" is a composition.
  6. "Leave" is a musical single of Sertab Erener.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  7. "Leave" is a musical album of Teamforest.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  8. "Leave" is a musical single of LSB.
  9. "Leave" is a musical album of Poupart-Taussat.

Film

"Leave" is a 2010 thriller film directed by Robert Celestino.

Miscellanea

  1. Leave: In military forces, leave is a permission to be away from one's unit, either for a specified or unspecified period of time.
  2. Leave: In the United States Military, leave is permission to be away from one's unit for a specific period of time.

Phrases with Leave

Phrases starting with the word Leave:

  1. leave off
  2. leave out
  3. leave over
  4. leave alone
  5. leave behind
  6. leave office
  7. leave-taking

Phrases ending with the word Leave:

  1. to leave
  2. sick leave
  3. take leave
  4. shore leave
  5. Annual leave
  6. french leave
  7. Garden leave
  8. Up and Leave
  9. By Your Leave
  10. by-your-leave
  11. to take leave

Other phrases containing the word Leave:

  1. to leave off
  2. to leave out

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Leave

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Google previewEmployment Law in Context (2016)

by David Cabrelli

Further, parental leave is a measure designed to foster equal opportunities between men and women and the participation of women in the labour market.

Google previewProxies (2016)

Essays Near Knowing by Brian Blanchfield

Permitting Shame, Error and Guilt, Myself the Single Source The leave is a term in certain sports and games that proceed by turns or trades of agency—bowling, billiards, croquet maybe—a term which functions to connect any discrete play to ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb A.M.

To leave is an unqualified action; it is applied to objects of indifference, or otherwise, but supposes in general no exercise...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1864)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers : to which is Now Added an Index to the Words by George Crabb

To leave is an unqualified action, it is applied to objects of indifference, or otherwise, but supposes in general no exercise...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes (1897)

Explained in Alphabetical Order, with Copious Illus. and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers, to which is Now Added an Index to the Words by George Crabb

To leave is an unqualified action ; it is applied to objects of indifference, or otherwise, but supposes in general...

Google previewThe American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty [2 volumes] (2017)

by Robert S. Rycroft

A grandchild cannot take job-protected leave to care for a grandparent (Bauer v. DaytonWalther Corp. 1996). Finally, protected leave is limited to leave “in order to care” for a parent. One court has held that an eligible employee was not entitled ...

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Usage statistics about leave

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb leave:

spoken English49.18%written English50.82% conversational speech61.75%task-oriented speech38.25% imaginative writing68.79%informational writing31.21%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun leave:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb leave:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb leave and its most common antonym:

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View more videos about Leave It, To Leave, leave off, leave out, Sick leave, take leave, Shore leave, Annual leave, Garden leave, Up and Leave, By Your Leave, Parental leave, Gardening Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity leave, Leave of absence, Administrative leave, and Leave No Stone Unturned.

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Quotes about Leave

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. (Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1V4E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LEAVE

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