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1. leave [ v ] go away from a place
Examples: "At what time does your train leave?" "She didn't leave until midnight" "The ship leaves at midnight"

Used in print:


R._H._S._Crossman , M.P. , writing in The_Manchester_Guardian , states that departures from West_Berlin are now running at the rate not of 700 , but of 1700 a week , and applications to leave have risen to 1900 a week .

Mark_Arnold-Foster writes : `` People are leaving [ West_Berlin ] because they think it is dying .

They are leaving so fast that the president of the West_German_Employers'_Federation issued an appeal this week to factory_workers in the West to volunteer for six months ' front-line work in factories in West_Berlin .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The audience leaves the play under a spell , It is the kind of spell which the exposure to spirit in its living active manifestation always evokes .

It casts a spell upon them so_that they leave with a feeling of having been in the mysterious presence of an evil power .

Synonyms leave go_away go_forth Related Terms arrive run flee depart go_out vacate leave_behind pull_out run_off go_out slip_away ride_off depart tarry rush_off come_away walk_out hightail walk_away pop_off scram decamp exit departer

2. leave [ v ] go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
Examples: "She left a mess when she moved out" "His good luck finally left him" "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage" "she wept thinking she had been left behind"

Used in print:

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Miscellaneous soils , which primarily include sticky substances and colorless liquids which evaporate to leave a residue .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

The Bishop looked at him coldly and said `` Take it or leave it '' !

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

Half crazed by the weight dragging , the dust , and the heat , the horse leaped our wall , dashing out the rider 's brains against it , and leaving him lying there among us - while the horse crashed away through the brush .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

The news of battle on Breed_'s_Hill had already seeped through , and New_York itself was now left in the hands of the local Provincial_Congress .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

He got no relief from drink because , though sometimes Precious would buy himself a drink if he went out with us in the evening , he 'd leave it on the table untouched .

Synonyms leave Related Terms abandon jilt forget farewell

3. leave [ v ] act or be so as to become in a specified state
Examples: "The inflation left them penniless" "The president's remarks left us speechless"

Used in print:

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The house has been swept so clean that contemporary man has been left with no means , or at_best with wholly inadequate means , for dealing with his experience of spirit .

We are left helpless to cope_with it because we do not dare speak of it as anything real for fear that to do so would imply a commitment to that which has already been discredited and proved false .

Yet such is the dramatic power of his writing that the audience is nevertheless left in the grip of the terrible power and potency of that which came over Salem .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

I like to shear half my plants at_a_time , leaving one half of them to blossom while the second_half is getting_started on its new round of blooming .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

Piepsam tries to stop him by force , receives a push in the chest from `` Life '' , and is left standing in impotent and growing rage , while a crowd begins to gather .

Synonyms leave Related Terms make

4. leave [ v ] 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"

Used in print:

(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)

In my studio I work at a tilt-top_table , but leave the paper unfixed so that I can move it freely to control the washes .

(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)

These my grandmother left in their places ( they are still there , more persistent and longer-lived than the generations of man ) and planted others like them , that flourished without careful tending .

(Dell Shannon, The Ace of Spades....)

`` I tell you , you want to leave it that way , I do n't fool_around with it .

(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)

That left three , possibly four , one looking much like the next .

(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)

Mr._Phillips took a razor to Gonzalez , Prop. , but left the promise that Spanish would be understood because he thought it meant that Spanish clientele would be welcome .

Synonyms leave leave_behind leave_alone Related Terms change change refrain neglect

5. leave [ v ] move out of or depart from
Examples: "leave the room" "the fugitive has left the country"

Used in print:

(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)

The disasters of 1825 - 1826 caused more to leave .

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Wolfe refuses to ever leave his own house , and spends most_of his time drinking beer and playing with orchids .

(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)

So suppose somebody only wished to frighten her , so she would leave Honotassa !

But before she left her room she dug_into her big moire bag , took_out the envelope holding her marriage_contract and the wax seal had been broken .

(Harry Olesker, Impact....)

At the end of the half-hour , racking his brains , thinking over_and_over_again of Kitti , her friends , her past , he left the bedroom .

Synonyms get_out go_out leave exit Related Terms go_in enter move go step_out file_out get_off undock eject fall_out log_out hop_out pop_out farewell

6. leave [ v ] make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Examples: "This leaves no room for improvement" "The evidence allows only one conclusion" "allow for mistakes" "leave lots of time for the trip"

Used in print:

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

But questions with which committee_members taunted bankers appearing as witnesses left little doubt that they will recommend passage of_it .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

And so the authors conclude : `` The conduct of the patient in his every-day life and in his work , even more_than the foregoing facts [ mentioned above under 1 ] , leave positively no room for doubt that the sense_of_touch , in the ordinary sense of the word , was unaffected ; or , to put the same thing in physiological terms , that the performance capacity of the tactual apparatus , from the periphery up to the tactual centers in the brain , - that_is , from one end to the other - was unimpaired '' .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

These areas by_virtue_of their abrupt density of pattern , stated the literal surface with such new and superior force that the resulting contrast drove the simulated printing into a depth from which it could be rescued - and set to shuttling again - only by conventional perspective ; that_is , by being placed in such relation to the forms depicted within the illusion that these forms left no room for the typography except near the surface .

The actual surface becomes both ground and background , and it turns_out - suddenly and paradoxically - that the only place left for a three-dimensional illusion is in_front of , upon , the surface .

Thus every part and plane of the picture keeps changing place in relative depth with every_other part and plane ; and it is as if the only stable relation left among the different parts of the picture is the ambivalent and ambiguous one that each has with the surface .

Synonyms leave provide_for allow_for allow provide Related Terms yield admit

7. leave [ v ] result in
Examples: "The water left a mark on the silk dress" "Her blood left a stain on the napkin"

Used in print:

(The New York Times,...)

The departure of the Giants and the Dodgers to California left New_York with only the Yankees .

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

But explanations leave him confused and unmoved .


A compromise will leave both sides without the glow of triumph , but it will save Berlin .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

Science has simply left us helpless and powerless in this important sector of our lives .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

The colonial period has generally left people believing that government can , if it wishes , provide all manner of services for them - and that with independence free_men do not have_to work to realize the benefits of modern life .

Synonyms result lead leave Related Terms bring_about lead

8. leave [ v ] remove oneself from an association with or participation in
Examples: "She wants to leave" "The teenager left home" "She left her position with the Red Cross" "He left the Senate after two terms" "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"

Used in print:

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

After the coach listed all the boy 's faults , Hartweger said , `` Coach before I leave here , you 'll get to like me '' .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

And for him to leave this job now without accomplishing anything would mean practically the end of his career in the Methodist_church , if not in all churches .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

This baffling lack of distinct details recalls the secretary whose employer was leaving the office and told her what to answer if anyone called in his absence .

Synonyms leave pull_up_stakes depart Related Terms change leave_office drop_out

9. leave [ v ] leave unchanged
Examples: "let it be"

Used in print:

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

I would have stood there and died there if left to myself , but Cousin_Simmons grabbed my arm in his viselike grip and fairly plucked me out of there ; and_then I came_to some sanity and plunged away with such extraordinary speed that I outdistanced Cousin_Simmons by_far .

(Sallie Bingham, "Moving Day," The Atlantic...)

`` Leave me alone '' , Leona said .

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

Eliminating the patter and the upbeat numbers left little but blues and other songs of equal melancholy .

Synonyms leave let

10. leave [ v ] be survived by after one's death
Examples: "He left six children" "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"

Used in print:

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

`` Leave me your address .

Synonyms leave leave_behind Related Terms outdistance widow bequeath leave_behind die

11. leave [ v ] put into the care or protection of someone
Examples: "He left the decision to his deputy" "leave your child the nurse's care"

Used in print:

(Idwal Jones, "Santa Cruz Run"...)

Twice he left everything to his entourage , and fled to make the Santa_Cruz tour under Vernon 's guidance .

(Booth Hemingway and Stuart H. Brown,...)

Unless you want_to make your wife a pool widow and to spend a great many_of your leisure hours nursing your pool 's pristine purity , its care and feeding - from pH content to filtering and vacuuming - is best left to a weekly or bi-monthly professional service .

(Frank Lorimer, Demographic Information on...)

But specific procedures for carrying_out this plan were left to the discretion of the provincial governors .

(Richard Tiernan, "Land of the Silver Dollar,"...)

`` Leave a card or something .

Synonyms leave entrust Related Terms pass

12. leave [ v ] leave or give by will after one's death
Examples: "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry" "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

Used in print:

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

The right to leave legacies should be substantially reduced and ultimately eliminated .

(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)

Mr._Hohlbein was left twenty_thousand , Garth ten .

Synonyms leave will bequeath Related Terms disinherit give remember pass_on devise entail impart will

13. leave [ v ] have left or have as a remainder
Examples: "That left the four of us" "19 minus 8 leaves 11"

Used in print:

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

A second and also good practice is to shear off the tops , leaving an inch high stub with just a leaf or two on each branch .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

He is a widower , his three children are dead , he has no_one left on earth ; also he is a drunk , and has lost his job on_that_account .

Synonyms leave Related Terms have must

14. leave [ v ] be survived by after one's death
Examples: : "He left six children" "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"

Used in print:

(Covered Bridge Topics, XIX:2...)

Union soldiers at_times used it for sleeping quarters to escape_from the rain or other inclement weather , and some of them left momentoes of their stay by carving their names and small tokens on its walls and beams .

Synonyms leave leave_behind Related Terms widow bequeath die

15. leave [ v ] tell or deposit (information) knowledge
Examples: "give a secret to the Russians" "leave your name and address here"

Used in print:

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

She was told by the manservant who opened the door that his lordship was engaged on work from which he had left strict orders he was not to be disturbed .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

For the last two years , this frontier of the arts has produced a number of so-called `` non dramas '' which have left indelible , bittersweet impressions on the psyche of_this veteran theatregoer .

Synonyms give impart pass_on leave Related Terms tell give bequeath conveyance

16. leave [ v ] leave behind unintentionally
Examples: "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant" "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"

Used in print:

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

He handed Harold a key to the front_door , and cautioned him against leaving it unlocked while they were out of the apartment .

(Sallie Bingham, "Moving Day," The Atlantic...)

When he was going_to town , nothing was good enough - he had cursed at Winston once for leaving a fleck of polish on his shoelace .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

In one cartoon a family is shown outside a theater with the head of the family addressing the doorman : `` Excuse me , but when we came_out we found that we had left my daughter 's handbag and my wife 's behind '' .

Synonyms leave forget Related Terms lose

17. leave [ n ] the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
Examples: "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"

Used in print:

([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)

In granting bereavement leaves , specify the maximum time_off and list what the worker 's relation to the deceased must be to qualify .

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

An Ohio soldier who , from a comrade just returned from leave , received an unfavorable comment on the conduct of his sister , took pen in hand and delivered himself thus : `` [ Dear Sis ] Alf sed he heard that you and hardy was a runing together all_the_time and he though he wod gust quit having any thing mor to doo with you for he thought it was no_more yuse .

Synonyms leave leave_of_absence Related Terms time_off pass furlough terminal_leave sabbatical sick_leave shore_leave compassionate_leave

18. leave [ n ] permission to do something
Examples: "she was granted leave to speak"

Used in print:

(87th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record....)

Under leave to extend my remarks , I include the relevant portion of my newsletter , together with the text of the article from the U._S._News_+_World_Report :

Synonyms leave Related Terms permission

19. leave [ v ] give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
Examples: "In the second round, the challenger gave up"

Synonyms give_up drop_out throw_in_the_towel throw_in fall_by_the_wayside drop_by_the_wayside chuck_up_the_sponge leave quit Related Terms enter quitter

20. leave [ n ] the act of departing politely
Examples: "he disliked long farewells" "he took his leave" "parting is such sweet sorrow"

Synonyms parting leave leave-taking farewell Related Terms departure valediction separate

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